I Am An Executioner

I Am An Executioner

Love Stories

Book - 2012
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"An explosive fiction debut from an astonishing new voice: darkly funny, wildly original stories about the power of love, and the love of power--two urgent human desires that inevitably, and often calamitously, intertwine. The unforgettable opener, "The Infamous Bengal Ming, " is narrated by a misunderstood tiger whose affection for his keeper goes horribly awry. In "Demons, " a woman tries to celebrate Thanksgiving after the sudden death of her husband, even though his corpse is still sprawled on their living-room floor. In "The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan, " an ex-CompUSA employee sets up a medical practice in a suburban strip mall armed only with textbooks from the local library and fake business cards. The heroes--and anti-heroes--of I Am An Executioner include a railroad manager in a turn-of-the-century Indian village, the newlywed executioner of the title, and an elephant writing her autobiography--the creations of a riotous, singular imagination that promises to dazzle the universe of American fiction"--
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780307595928
Branch Call Number: FICTION Paramesw Rajesh 04/2012
Characteristics: 259 p. ;,22 cm.


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In I Am an Executioner, Rajesh Parameswaran introduces us to a cast of heroes—and antiheroes—who spring from his riotous, singular imagination. At once glittering and savage, daring and elegant, here are wholly unforgettable tales where reality loops in Borgesian twists and shines with cinematic ... Read More »

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LPL_MeredithW Apr 17, 2018

Uneven and decidedly odd, but overall enjoyable. Don't try to rush through this collection; each story demands some time and attention. The standouts are "The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan," about a fake doctor; "Demons," about a woman who believes she's wished her husband to death; and "On the Banks of Table River (Planet Lucina, Andromeda Galaxy, AD 2319)," about an alien embalmer whose daughter falls for a human visiting their planet.

librarylizzard Jul 09, 2015

All these stories resolve around the (often misguided) power of love. The opening tale, of a tiger that literally loves its keeper to death, will absolutely stick in your mind. If you are a fan of short stories looking for a quirky new voice, look no further.

Dec 15, 2012

A collection of surprising stories, some cleverer than others but definitely worth the while.


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