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Cripple and His Talismans
by Anosh Irani
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Algonquin, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Rita Baumgartner

When a young man loses his arm he perceives himself as a cripple and leaves his affluent lifestyle to wander on the sordid side of Bombay. There, in the nightmarish world of lepers, beggars and prostitues he searches for his arm.

This highly imaginative and allegorical tale is gruesome, violent, funny and poetic at the same time. Anosh Irani is a talented young writer with a flair for puns and play of expressions. In The Cripple and His Talismans, his debut novel, Irani fears nothing and proves that he is a talented writer as well.

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