This novel follows the life of Moraes Zogoiby, the last in line of a once powerful and influential Indian family. Told from his perspective, Moraes recounts his family's history, starting with his grandparents and moving through to his own life. The narrative is filled with tales of love, betrayal, political unrest, and the supernatural. The protagonist's life is marked by a strange curse that causes him to age twice as fast as a normal human, adding a layer of urgency and tragedy to his story. The book explores themes of cultural identity, family legacy, and the passage of time.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 295th on The 500 best books of all time from Culture Café users (Culture Café)
- 50 Memorable Books from 50 Years of Books to Remember (The New York Public Library)
- Costa Book Award - Best Novel (Costa Coffee)
- 100 Novels That Shaped Our World (BBC)