While Samrat Upadhyay’s latest short story collection, The Royal Ghosts: Stories, offers no happy endings, few feel-good moments, and hardly any contented characters, it is most undoubtedly an enticing book to savor and reread for all the nuances you might have missed the first time around.
In each of Upadhyay’s three works – including his two previous titles, the luminous debut short-story collection Arresting God in Kathmandu (2001) and the quietly desperate novel The Guru of Love (2003) – Upadhyay writes unflinchingly about displacement and deprivation in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu.
The city’s unpredictable upheavals are as much a character in his stories as the actual people he writes about.
Although the book’s title comes specifically from the final story with the same name, each of the nine stories in The Royal Ghosts is filled with characters who are haunted by loss.
The collection opens with “A Refugee,” in which a family of three takes in a newly widowed woman and her young daughter after the husband is brutally murdered by Maoist rebels. … [click here for more]
TBR‘s Contributing Editors’ Favorite Reads of 2006: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things … in Print, That Is …,” The Bloomsbury Review, November/December 2006
Tidbit: Upadhyay was a guest at SALTAF 2006 (South Asian Literary and Theater Arts Festival), a much-anticipated, highly-attended annual fall event sponsored by the Smithsonian APA Program and NetSAP-DC.