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Delhi Noir

by Hirsh Sawhney (Editor)

Other authors: Omair Ahmad (Contributor), Hartosh Singh Bal (Contributor), Nalinaksha Bhattacharya (Contributor), Siddharth Chowdhury (Contributor), Jason Grunebaum (Translator)10 more, Radhika Jha (Contributor), Ruchir Joshi (Contributor), Tabish Khair (Contributor), Palash Krishna Mehrotra (Contributor), Meera Nair (Contributor), Manjula Padmanabhan (Contributor), Uday Prakash (Contributor), Hirsh Sawhney (Contributor), Irwin Allan Sealy (Contributor), Mohan Sikka (Contributor)

Series: Akashic Books Noir Series

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First of all: it is sort of strange to be reading noir-style stories set in a city where police brutality and bribery and all the rest is a very real occurrence. Part of the reason I love noir (books and films) is because the characters and plots have a degree of implausibility. . . I escape into this grimy other world. But the noir-world is the real world in Delhi (to some extent) which makes it kind of. . . depressing.

As for the pieces themselves, they're either hit or miss. The best one (and the most 'noir') is the first one. The worst is the last one (although I didn't even finish it; I don't want sci-fi in my noir). ( )
  allisonneke | Dec 17, 2013 |
I’ve only read a small handful of crime fiction anthologies (so take this for what that’s worth), but Delhi Noir is easily the best one I’ve ever cracked open. None of the stories blew me away, but Sawhney’s selections consistently turn out good. I liked every single story in the book. Every single one. Delhi did indeed turn out to be good setting for noir.

(Full review at my blog) ( )
  KingRat | Jun 11, 2009 |
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Sawhney, HirshEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ahmad, OmairContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bal, Hartosh SinghContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bhattacharya, NalinakshaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chowdhury, SiddharthContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Grunebaum, JasonTranslatorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jha, RadhikaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Joshi, RuchirContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Khair, TabishContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mehrotra, Palash KrishnaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Nair, MeeraContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Padmanabhan, ManjulaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Prakash, UdayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sawhney, HirshContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sealy, Irwin AllanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sikka, MohanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 193335478X, Paperback)

Delhi Noir has no lack of true-to-life characters getting twisted, mangled and discarded. Which is why, like the proverbial train wreck, even as you cringe, you won’t be able to look away.”—San Francisco Chronicle

“This book is a chance to get a fix on some of India’s best crime writers, most of whom are totally unknown in North America. Like the rest of this superb series (Brooklyn Noir, L.A. Noir, Toronto Noir, etc.), we are introduced to the city by stories set in locations iconic to the city. In the case of Delhi, that means we go to come very dark spots indeed.”—Globe & Mail

Brand new stories by: Irwin Allan Sealy, Omair Ahmad, Radhika Jha, Ruchir Joshi, Nalinaksha Bhattacharya, Meera Nair, Siddharth Chowdhury, Mohan Sikka, Palash K. Mehrotra, Hartosh Singh Bal, Hirsh Sawhney, Tabish Khair, Uday Prakash, and Manjula Padmanabhan.

The eyes of the world are gazing at India—the world’s largest democracy. But the books you read about this Asian giant only show part of the picture.

Delhi Noir’s fourteen original stories are written by the best Indian writers alive today—the ones you haven’t yet heard of but should have. They are veteran authors who have appeared on the Booker Prize short list and budding geniuses who your grandchildren will read about in English class. Delhi Noir is a world of sex in parks, male prostitution, and vigilante rickshaw drivers. It is one plagued by religious riots, soulless corporate dons, and murderous servants. This is India uncut, the one you’re missing out on because mainstream publishing houses and glossy magazines can’t stomach it. offers bone-chilling, mesmerizing takes on the country’s chaotic capital, a city where opulence and poverty are constantly clashing, where old-world values and the information age wage a constant battle.

Editor Hirsh Sawhney has written for the Times Literary Supplement, the Guardian, Time Out New York, Outlook, and the Indian Express. He splits his time between Delhi and Brooklyn.

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Presents a collection of crime and noir stories set in Delhi, India.

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