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Chandra, Vikram. SACRED GAMES. New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2007. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 915 pages. As New/As New.

The author's second novel. Advance Signed Copy. "Autographed Copy" sticker pasted on the front cover. The first appearance of the title in the United States. Published to enormous critical and popular acclaim, The New Yorker Magazine described it as the richest, most complex, and most rewarding novel of the year thus far, the exhilarating counter-narrative to Salman Rushdie's "Midnight's Children". Seven years in the writing, it is "as big, ambitious, multi-layered, contradictory, funny, sad, scary, violent, tender, complex, and irresistible as India itself. Steep yourself in this story, enjoy the delicious masala Chandra has created, and you will have an idea of how the country manages to hang together despite age-old hatreds, hundreds of dialects, different religious practices, the caste system, and corruption everywhere. There are more than a half-dozen subplots to be enjoyed, but the main event takes place between Inspector Sartaj Singh, a Sikh member of the Mumbai police force, and Ganesh Gaitonde, the most wanted gangster in India. A fabulous tale of treachery, a thriller, and a tour of the mean streets of India, complete with street slang" (Valerie Ryan). There is an extensive glossary thoughtfully put together by Vikram Chandra at the end for such slang words as "phatakdi" ("Sexy as a firecracker. A 'pataka' is a firecracker so a 'phatakdi' refers to the explosion a firecracker can make") and "thoku" ("Someone who is thumped, hit; a lover who is a thoku is someone who is just banged, used for sex. Very vulgar"). Indisputably a masterpiece that will join the ranks of the best in contemporary literature in English, and the eleven other languages in which it has improbably been translated. A "must-have" title for Vikram Chandra collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Vikram Chandra. This title remains available in multiple subsequent printings and is already highly collectible. This is one of few signed copies of the First American Edition still available online and has no flaws, a pristine beauty. A very scarce signed copy thus. One of the finest living writers. A flawless copy. . ISBN 0061130354. $50.00

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