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Book Title: Svete igre, 1. dio|
Date of issue: 2008
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The author of the book: Vikram Chandra
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Edition: Algoritam, Zagreb
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Glavni vođa G-kompanije, odnosno Gaitondeove bande, skupine kriminalaca srodne mafiji, nekadašnji suradnik vlade, perfidni Gaitonde odavno je postao nitkovom i ovisnikom o svojim beskrajnim apetitima za ženama, moći i novcem. Gangster koji se izvukao s društvenog dna koristeći se nasiljem, spletkama i čistom snagom volje. Bezobziran, tašt i pohlepan, ovisan je o seksu s mladim djevicama. Obogatio se od krađe i prodaje zlatnih polugi te krijumčarenja svega živoga – od kompjuterskih čipova do metamfetamina – pa čak i nuklearnog otpada. No, Gaitonde nije samo gangster, već i kralj filozofije te tragač za istinom, čovjek koji njeguje dugogodišnja prijateljstva i odnose prožete odanošću. U ovom romanu, ništa nije jednostavno niti onakvim kakvim se čini.
Vikram Chandra, Indijac, rođen u New Delhiju, no odrastao u Bombayju (današnjem Mumbayju), napisao je remek-djelo o mračnom svijetu organiziranog kriminala i policijske korupcije u Mumbayju. Istančane i nikad posve dokučive poveznice između organiziranog zločina, borbe za prevlast na svim razinama, špijunskih nadmetanja i nebrojenih jezika, narodnosti, vjerskih sekti i ekonomskih moćnika tvore neusporedivu tapiseriju ove svjetske velesile u usponu – i daju savršenu pozadinu za priču o dvama nezaboravnim likovima. Svi oni igraju Veliku igru, vjekovno nadmetanje za moć i utjecaj – pletu niti svete igre čiji je proizvod sama povijest.
Roman Svete Igre Vikrama Chandre, profesora kreativnog pisanja na Sveučilištu u Berkeleyju, nastajao je punih sedam godina, postavši na kraju epohalnim djelom suvremene indijske književnosti, koje mnogi opisuju kao dostojnog nasljednika Kuma – iskrižanog sa Zločinom i kaznom i hit serijom Obitelj Soprano. Ovaj je epski triler preveden na petnaest jezika, bio je finalist nagrade Commonwealth writers za najbolju knjigu, a osvojio je i uglednu Hutch Crossword Book Award za najbolje djelo beletristike na engleskom jeziku te je proglašen knjigom desetljeća o Indiji.
Read information about the authorVikram Chandra was born in New Delhi.
He completed most of his secondary education at Mayo College, a boarding school in Ajmer, Rajasthan. After a short stay at St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, Vikram came to the United States as an undergraduate student.
In 1984, he graduated from Pomona College (in Claremont, near Los Angeles) with a magna cum laude BA in English, with a concentration in creative writing.
He then attended the Film School at Columbia University in New York. In the Columbia library, by chance, he happened upon the autobiography of Colonel James "Sikander" Skinner, a legendary nineteenth century soldier, born of an Indian mother and a British father. This book was to become the inspiration for Vikram's novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain. He left film school halfway to begin work on the novel.
Red Earth and Pouring Rain was written over several years at the writing programs at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Houston. Vikram worked with John Barth at Johns Hopkins and with Donald Barthelme at the University of Houston; he obtained an MA at Johns Hopkins and an MFA at the University of Houston.
While writing Red Earth and Pouring Rain, Vikram taught literature and writing, and also worked independently as a computer programmer and software and hardware consultant. His clients included oil companies, non-profit organizations, and the Houston Zoo.
Red Earth and Pouring Rain was published in 1995 by Penguin/India in India; by Faber and Faber in the UK; and by Little, Brown in the United States. The book was received with outstanding critical acclaim. It won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize for Fiction.
A collection of short stories, Love and Longing in Bombay, was published in 1997 by Penguin/India in India; by Faber and Faber in the UK; and by Little, Brown in the United States. Love and Longing in Bombay won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Eurasia region); was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize; and was included in "Notable Books of 1997" by the New York Times Book Review, in "Best Books of the Year" by the Independent (London), in "Best Books of the Year" by the Guardian (London), and in "The Ten Best Books of 1997" by Outlook magazine (New Delhi). Two of these stories have been formerly published in the Paris Review and The New Yorker. The story "Dharma" was awarded the Discovery Prize by the Paris Review, and was included in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press, 1998).
A novel, Sacred Games, was published in 2006 by Penguin/India in India; and by Faber and Faber in the UK. It will be published in January 2007 in the United States by HarperCollins.
In June 1997, Vikram was featured in the New Yorker photograph of "India's leading novelists." His work has been translated into eleven languages.
He has co-written Mission Kashmir, an Indian feature film starring Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, and Jackie Shroff, that was released internationally in late October, 2000.
Vikram's mother, Kamna Chandra, is the writer of several Hindi films including Prem Rog and 1942: A Love Story; she has also written plays for All India Radio and Doordarshan. His sister, Tanuja Chandra, is a director and screenwriter, who has directed several films including Sur and Sangharsh. His other sister Anupama Chopra is a film critic and senior correspondent for India Today; she has written Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, a BFI book about the hugely popular 1995 hit. Her first book, Sholay: The Making of a Classic, won the Swarn Kamal, a national award for the best Indian book on cinema in 1995. Vikram's father, Navin Chandra, is a retired executive.
Vikram Chandra currently divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, California, where he teaches creative writing at the University of California. He lives with his wife Melanie Abrams, who is also a novelist.
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