The Storyteller

by Adib Khan

On Sale: 05/07/2000


About the Book

Humour and poignancy are intricately entwined in this novel about Vamana, a dwarf, abandoned by his parents and adopted by Maji, a woman who sees beyond the child's deformity to the humanity within. As Vamana grows older, he realises that he is always going to be an outcast, despite his magical gift for storytelling. Drawn to the dark, seedy and dangerous underworld of Delhi, Vamana makes himself a home alongside the pimps, pickpockets, prostitutes and hjiras (eunechs) who populate its depths.With his unique storytelling skills he achieves a level of fame amongst this motley cast of characters, causing him to refuse all offers of redemption and acceptance from the 'normal' world. Vamana enjoys his notoriety and, despite craving acceptance, he refuses to give up his infamous reputation and once again become an object of ridicule. It is not the dereliction of his life that brings his downfall, but love perceiving a threat to the object of his desires, Vamana reacts with violence, and must pay the consequences.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780732267872
  • ISBN 10: 0732267870
  • Imprint: 4th Estate - AU
  • On Sale: 05/07/2000
  • Pages: 0
  • List Price: 22.95 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / General


Adib Khan divides his time between Ballarat and Melbourne. He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and came to Australia in 1973. His first novel, SEASONAL ADJUSTMENTS, won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the 1995 Commonwealth Writer's Prize. He is also the author of SOLITUDE OF ILLUSIONS, THE STORYTELLER and HOMECOMING.

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