Swimmer Among The Stars - Kanishk Tharoor

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Neither just a collection nor an overdetermined set of “linked stories,” these fictions comprise something as deft and rich as a web. Or, better, a constellation. The title means “astronaut” in a dying language, and stars turn up throughout, in names, dead reckonings, and the UN of the future, driven off the face of the Earth and stuck in a satellite. As Tharoor tracks the consequences of globalism, his larger framework reminds us that lives unfold partly as fate dictates. But fate is seldom conclusive here. The stories end with threads not so much loose, as beguiling; you want to pull one and see where it goes.

Swimmer Among the Stars: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374272180
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 14th, 2017

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