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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

Fiction & Literature
October 13
St. Martin's Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Pammy's Music ,


Beautifully written; one of the best books I have ever read!

Rika1974 ,

Amazing read

This got me reading nonstop till finish. Absolutely worth it.

A True Masterpeice ,

HANDS DOWN a masterpiece

The Best best part about this fantastic and magical story of love, laughter, humility, and fear, isn’t that it’s so grippingly realistic thanks to it’s being based on the realities of this incredible Husband, Father, Mobster, Doctor, Herion Addict, Author, Escapee, and storyteller the best part is this book that is that is nothing but a normal guy who got really mixed up with the wrong set of people and. In turn his life got. Flipped turned upside down.

However the old saying you’ll...laugh, you’ll.....cry, and yet to the very day in my life I have have yet to enjoy reading 1000 pages more then I did these. bravo to the Author and storyteller, why Steven Spielberg has yet to easily turn this into an Oscar winning performance is beyond my understanding! READ THIS BOOK NOW YOU WILL NEVER FORGET IT AND IT WILL CHANGE WHO YOU ARE AT THE CORE AS A HUNAN BEING. Enough said!

Enjoy I know you will!

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