THE VALLEY OF MASKS
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    THE VALLEY OF MASKS  (English, Hardcover, Tejpal, Tarun J)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Hardcover
    • Publisher: Fourth Estate
    • ISBN: 9789350290460, 9350290464
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    Description

    Nominated for the Man Asian Literary Prize for Fiction, 2011, The Valley of Masks by Tarun J. Tejpal assesses the structures of power and envisions the future through this socially critical work.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Valley Of Masks is about, as Tarun Tejpal states, the story of the people he has known over the years.

    The novel provides a powerful reimagining of power structures and belief systems which can be scary but also redemptive in terms of fashioning a better future.

    The narrator’s name keeps changing as the novel progresses. At one point he is called Karna and at the next he is called X 470. The story is controlled by him. The narrator flees from the Aum Mountains and its doctrines. Through these allegorical devices, the book touches upon issues of the human race, dogmas, and class systems.

    The story searches for humaneness through the annals of inhumanity. It is not a simple allegory but leaves a deep impact on all readers. This work also deals with extremist institutions where children and young adults go through violent warrior training. This is not about understanding priesthood, but about taking it to the next level. Things become so violent that killing becomes the only means of survival. The question remains whether it is enough to escape from Aum to avoid such violence.

    A rare piece of literature, The Valley Of Masks has been well received critically and commercially.

    Critics like Ashis Nandy have pointed out the disturbing yet brilliant way in which Tejpal manages to transcend all the social boundaries imposed on various aspects of people’s lives. The Valley Of Masks comments on the way various trends fashion the way one reads, one views culture, and various other mundane aspects.

    About Tarun J. Tejpal

    Known for his journalistic approach in most of his works, Tarun J. Tejpal is a renowned author, publisher, and editor of Tehelka magazine.

    He has written several novels such as The Story of My Assassins and The Alchemy Of Desire. His works have received global recognition.

    He has always been associated with his brand of public interest journalism. He has extensively researched on defense scams and naxalite movements for his newspaper, Tehelka. He founded a publishing company called India Ink which published the award-winning novel, The God Of Small Things. He currently lives in New Delhi with his wife.

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      • 1.18 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 8.74 Inches (US)
    • Length
      • 5.79 in
    • Weight
      • 500.0 Grams
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    A dark, compelling, genre-defying book

    There are books or stories that you'd enjoy reading. And there are those with what many would call a "message" - something you'd take back when you emerge from the world that the text creates.
    'The Valley of Masks' is none of the above.
    It is a dark tale - not of evil, necessarily - but of a world where human virtues are fine-tuned and made flawless, only to unravel a deeper, darker understanding of human nature - as it is, and as it ought to be.

    There's not much I can say about the ...
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    Proshant Chakraborty

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    best piece i read in 2011

    It is probably going to go down as one of the classics of the great indian literature scene. The prose style writing, for which Mr Tejpal is famous, is flawless, the story though not unique has been well formulated and detailed. THE BEST BOOK I HAVE READ BY AN INDIAN AUTHOR THIS YEAR>!!
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    Kaartikeya Bajpai

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    19 Dec, 2011

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    A great write

    Tarun Tejpal is a writer who never disappoints... Valley of Masks is such a beautiful expose on humanity and the evolution of ourselves... Hard to miss this one
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    Krishna Chaitanya

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    25 Oct, 2013

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    very graphic, very dark, outstanding writing!

    it's a rather unconventional book written in absolutely compelling, lucid language. it's difficult to tell what the book is about... all you can do is actually start reading it and feel yourself pulled into the dark corridors of the valley of masks... yes, at times character descriptions and plot elements seem to be going nowhere... but have patience, and it all pays off in the end in a tragic yet satisfying way... read it!
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    sagar haveli

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    1 Oct, 2013

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    Brilliant narrative, perfect tale

    I do not read many books but I hover around the local landmark's book section say when I'm waiting for the movies to begin just a floor above or when I'm looking for graphic novels to take with me on long trips. During one such time I was looking around the Indian books section to see what dismayingly unoriginal stuff we'd produced this year. The cover of the Valley of the Masks, which is the cover that you see here on flipkart, the face on the covering hands struck me. The title did that eve...
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