After two decades of alcoholism and opioid addiction, widely travelled journalist and acclaimed poet Jeet Thayil burst onto the literary A-list in 2012 with his Booker-nominated novel Narcopolis.
He has just produced his second novel, The Book of Chocolate Saints, a sprawling literary masterpiece that teems with life, ideas and contradictions, as does the India he calls home. And it’s timely: an unsparing indictment of male art-makers and the sexual abuse of power. He talks with poet and artist Gregory O’Brien.
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