Contents: 1. Introduction/Sheobhushan Shukla, Christopher Rollason and Anu Shukla. 2. "To tell a story is to affirm life": Death and Storytelling in Vikram Chandra's Red Earth and Pouring Rain/Silvia Albertazzi. 3. Leaving the Past Behind, Letting the Future Alone: Vikram Chandra’s Uses of History in Red Earth and Pouring Rain/Andrew Teverson. 4. The Tale-teller and the Text: Storytelling in Vikram Chandra's Red Earth and Pouring Rain and Love and Longing in Bombay/Christopher Rollason. 5. On the Spanish Translation of Vikram Chandra's Love and Longing in Bombay: Problems and Strategies of Translating a Transcultural Text/Christopher Rollason. 6. A Story from Vikram Chandra's Love and Longing in Bombay: "Kama" - Detecting in Bombay/Cielo Festino. 7. Supermodernity’s Meganarratives: A Comparative Study of Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games, Gregory David Roberts’ Shantaram and Suketu Mehta’s Maximum City/Geetha Ganapathy-Dore'. 8. "Only Life Itself": Noir Fiction and Beyond in Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games/Dora Sales Salvador. 9. Farewell, Father Œdipus: Freedom and Uncertainty in Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games/Adalinda Gasparini. 10. The Other as the Subject in Vikram Chandra’s Sacred Games/Sheobhushan Shukla. 11. Uses and Abuses of Indian English in Sacred Games/Anu Shukla. 12. A Conversation with Vikram Chandra/ Antonia Navarro-Tejero.
"Vikram Chandra, born in Delhi in 1961, has risen to prominence as one of the most acclaimed of the current generation of practitioners of Indian Writing in English. He is the author of the novels Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995) and Sacred Games (2006) and the story collection Love and Longing in Bombay (1997). This volume reflects the international range of scholarship on Chandra, through ten critical essays and an interview. Taken together, the contributions point up plurality as a vital feature of a body of fiction that reflects both the innate heterogeneity of Indian culture and the complexities of postcoloniality and globalisation, while refusing all monolithic belief-systems and constantly interweaving a multiplicity of narrative voices." (jacket)