City of Dreams: Stories from Nepal
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City of Dreams: Stories from Nepal

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Item Code: NAL872
Author: Pranaya SJB Rana
Publisher: Rupa Publication Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2015
ISBN: 9788129137289
Pages: 200
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.0 inch X 5.0 inch
Weight 140 gm
About the Book

City of Dreams is set in the multifaceted, fast-changing Nepali capital, Kathmandu. Through a series of deftly woven short stories, it exposes the interaction of city- dwellers with this teeming, schizophrenic metropolis, caught in the tussle between tradition and modernity.

In the title story, a Kathmandu native wanders the streets of his hometown and encounters a deep secret. In ‘The Presence of God’, a couple bickers about faith and ambivalence, only to be confronted with an event so inexplicable that it changes the very foundations of, their argument. In ‘Dashain’, a young man’s attempt to leap into adulthood goes horribly awry. And in ‘The Smoker’-the only story set outside Kathmandu, in New York City-a writer begins his quest to craft the perfect narrative; yet, even here, the Nepali city is a shadowy presence.

As Kathmandu becomes the protagonist of the collection, what we see emerge is not just the skeletal outline of the metropolis or a cartographer’s map, but a capital of stories. City of Dreams is one of the most startling literary debuts in recent times.

 

About the Author

Pranaya SJB Rana is sometimes a writer, sometimes an editor, oftentimes both. He has worked as a journalist and editor for The Kathmandu Post and Nepali Times. He lives in Kathmandu and listens to hip hop.

 

Contents

 

City of Dreams 1
The Smoker 19
Dashain 45
Our Ruin 56
Two 76
Maya 93
Knife in the Water 106
The red Kurta 116
The Presence of God 141
The Child 168
Acknowledgements 189
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