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Indrapramit Das
The Devourers



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"I'm a werewolf," he says. Smoke flares out of his mouth in curls that wreath his long black hair, giving him silver-blue locks for a passing second. I don't see him throw away the match, but his foot moves to rub it into the soil.

In present-day Kolkata, college professor Alok Mukherjee meets a man who claims to be a werewolf. Alone and estranged after a divorce, Alok is drawn to the stranger's hypnotic allure, unable to tell delusion from truth, trickery from magic. In a dusty caravanserai in seventeenth-century Mumtazabad, Cyrah, a young wanderer, meets a man who says he is a monster. Their encounter fills her with revulsion and dread, yet changes her forever.

Beginning in Mughal India by the foot of the Taj Mahal and culminating in the lush, dangerous forests of the Sunderbans in twenty first century India, The Devourers is a story about shapeshifters, men with second selves who prey on humans. But it is also about what it means to be human and of the transformative powers of love. Utterly gripping and wholly original, it reinvents the modern fantasy novel for India, imbuing it with depth, emotion and richness.


Praise for Indra Das' The Devourers:

Shortlisted, Crawford Award (2016)
Selection, Locus Recommended Reading (2015)
Shortlisted, Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize (2015)
Shortlisted, Tata Literature Live First Book Award (2015)

“Every now and again you read something that strikes the heart of you. Not, perhaps, in a romantic way, but in a manner that challenges your perception of reality. Indra Das’ powerful debut novel, The Devourers, cuts deeper than it should. Dreamlike but haunting, beautiful but violent, Indra’s prose is lush, but more importantly, it is savage. It grips the reader and drags you on an unexpected journey through both contemporary and Mughal India. Its plot brims with intrigue, danger, and monsters, but its hidden depths are what stuck with me. It has something to say. Not just something to say about its characters or its themes, but the primal nature of humanity.” —Pierce Brown, author of the bestselling Red Rising

“[Indra] Das’ narrative is lush, imaginative, and hypnotic, bringing to life scenes of savagery and moments of wonder . . . Das’ debut is an ambitious, unsettling trip into our own capacity for violence.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Profoundly moving and endlessly inventive, The Devourers transforms the very language it’s written in. Indra Das has forged a new path for modern literary fantasy.” —Ken Liu, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings

“From its intriguing opening scene to its breathtaking final monologue, The Devourers sank its teeth into my heart and my mind. What a rich, engaging, complex reading experience. This is not a book to be devoured, but savored.” —Sunil Patel, Lightspeed Magazine 

"[Das] has redefined the modern Indian fantasy novel." —Vogue India

“[T]he author's language is feral and cruelly precise; it tears at the flesh of the fantasy genre, strips it of its skin and uncovers the fierce, shadowy pulsing that lies concealed. . . . His prose relentlessly pulsates with life; it is stark and achingly lovely.” —The Telegraph India

“Every sentence of this ferocious and extraordinary book pulses with life. An absolute masterpiece.” —Daniel José Older, author of the Bone Street Rumba series

“[A] provocative debut novel . . . Das’ ferociously exact prose pierces through the skin of the fantasy novel to reveal the savage heart of darkness that beats underneath.” —Asian Age/Deccan Chronicle

“The language is beautiful . . . at every instant alive.” —Open Magazine

“One of the most satisfying fantasies to come out of India—or anywhere—in the last 10 years.” —Nilanjana S. Roy, author of The Wildlings and The Hundred Names of Darkness

"Werewolves in sixteenth century Mughal India—it's a mad, beautiful idea. Think blood fights by the light of a half built Taj Mahal, duels in the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, and menace in the jungles of Bengal. Indra Das has taken western mythology and fantasy and transposed it on to an exciting new canvas, telling his story through vivid, haunting prose. This is a writer with ambition, imagination and great talent." —Chiki Sarkar, former Publisher of Penguin India

"[A] great shot in the arm for the Indian literary fantasy genre . . . The Devourers is wildly original and enormously riveting." —The Daily Pioneer

“It’s clear that Das has what it takes to be a consistently good storyteller.” —Live Mint

"This is an intense and thrilling novel spanning centuries of Indian life, injecting into that immense history a kind of under-story or inner story that casts a new light on everything we thought we knew. Indra Das’s writing is powerful and precise, it grabs you and propels you along quite vividly. I’ll be looking forward to reading more by him.” —Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt

"Astonishing ... A narrative that takes possession of you and pulls you along in its wake." —M. R. Carey, author of The Girl With All the Gifts and DC/Vertigo Comics' Lucifer

"Surprisingly, there aren’t many contemporary or Indian titles that can serve as a yardstick for Das’ speculative fiction. His first book seems to inhabit a genre all by its novel self. It couldn’t have been easy to do, but the author has adeptly transported the werewolf from London and Paris of the 20th century to present-day Kolkata. The effect is curiously unsettling." —The Hindu Business Line


Category/Genre: Fiction—Dark Fantasy
Length: 320 pages (hc)
Publication Date: July 2016 (North America)

 

India English rights, Penguin India
North American English rights, Del Rey
North America English Audio rights, Random House Listening Library

For all other rights contact The Cooke Agency.

Author Name

Indrapramit Das (a.k.a. Indra Das) is a writer and artist from Kolkata, India. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in several publications including Clarkesworld, Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and Tor.com, and has also been widely anthologized. He is an Octavia E. Butler scholar and a grateful graduate of Clarion West 2012. He completed his M.F.A. at the University of British Columbia (class of ’11) in Vancouver, where he wore many hats, including dog hotel night shift attendant, TV background performer, minor film critic, occasional illustrator, environmental news writer, pretend-patient for med school students, and video game tester. He never wore any actual hats, except a toque during winter. He divides his time between India and Canada, immigration-willing.

Indra has written about books, comics, TV and film for publications including Slant Magazine, Vogue India, Strange Horizons and Vancouver Weekly.

The Devourers is Indra's debut novel.