Mumbai Author Takes Indian Literature to Chinese Shores
Commonwealth Prize-shortlisted Author and 6-times Pushcart Prize nominee Murzban F. Shroff’s Mumbai-based novel, Waiting for Jonathan Koshy, has been recently published by Zhejiang Literature & Art, one of China’s most reputed publishing houses. In acquiring the book, the publisher said, “Waiting for Jonathan Koshy is a brilliant story for readers, not only because it is dramatic enough, but has great humor and passion. Besides, it provides us with a real picture of how an Indian looks like in his own country, in his hometown. It is both, complex and fascinating.” The novel which follows the turbulent (and often hilarious) life of an irrepressible character, Jonathan, was nominated as a finalist for the Horatio Nelson Prize in New York and received high praise from two top-drawer American authors, including a Pulitzer Prize winner and a National Book Award Finalist. Shroff’s other works include Breathless in Bombay, a collection of Mumbai-based stories, and Fasttrack Fiction, a one-of-its-kind digital book for cell phone readers. Shroff, who defines Mumbai as his perennial muse, says: “I am delighted that the cultural nuances of our country will now be enjoyed by readers in China. It is a deeply satisfying experience and proves that well-intentioned literature can, indeed, transcend borders.” The English edition of Waiting for Jonathan Koshy is available on www.amazon.com and at independent bookstores in Mumbai.