In this masterful novel by the acclaimed Indian writer Vivek Shanbhag, a close-knit family is delivered from near-destitution to sudden wealth after the narrator's uncle founds a successful spice company.
As the narrator - a sensitive young man who is never named - along with his sister, his parents, and his uncle move from a cramped, ant-infested shack to a larger house and encounter newfound wealth, the family dynamics begin to shift.
Allegiances and desires realign; marriages are arranged and begin to falter; and conflict brews ominously in the background.
Their world becomes 'ghachar ghochar' - a nonsense phrase that, to the narrator, comes to mean something entangled beyond repair.
Told in clean, urgent prose, and punctuated by moments of unexpected warmth and humour, Ghachar Ghochar is a quietly enthralling, deeply unsettling novel about the shifting meanings - and consequences - of financial gain in contemporary India.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 128 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 20/04/2017
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780571336074