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Show business : a novel, by Shashi Tharoor

Label
Show business : a novel
Title
Show business
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
by Shashi Tharoor
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Critically injured, Indian film superstar Ashok Banjara lies suspended between life and death in the intensive care unit of a plush Bombay hospital, watching the final rerun of his life. Visitors come and go, talking, confiding, pleading with him to rise from his coma, but there is no reaction from Banjara, a prisoner of the technicolor film that plays inside his head. He encounters again all the people he used along the way in his successful film career - his father, a principled politician whose desire to see his son follow in his footsteps is, ironically, fulfilled at the cost of his own aspirations; Maya, his wife, a film star herself who gives up a promising career to live in the shadow of her husband's superstardom; Pranay, the archetypal cinema villain, who has always loved Maya and can no longer watch from the sidelines as her life is destroyed by the man who snatched her away; Mehnaz Elahi, India's sexiest screen heroine and Banjara's mistress; Ashwin, his devoted younger brother, whom Ashok can only betray ... and many others who had supporting parts in his life but whose confessions now change the script forever. As a backdrop to these unforgettable characters a private retrospective of his major hits unreels - gaudy, exuberant, beguiling - a never-ending celluloid fantasy that took over his life completely and transformed it into an astonishing, compelling lie."
  • "With irrepressible charm and a genius for satire, Tharoor portrays the Indian film world with all its Hollywoodesque glitz and glamour, egos and double standards, as a metaphor for Indian society and no doubt all societies. Onscreen fiction and offscreen reality intertwine seamlessly to weave a tapestry of power and privilege, seduction and betrayal, politics and intrigue, that is at once colorful, entertaining, and deadly serious. Show Business is many books rolled into one: it is a story about the telling of stories; it is a wonderfully funny tale about the romance and folly of cinema; it is a novel on an epic scale of ambition, greed, love, deception, and death. And, perhaps most important, it is a fable for our time which teaches us that we live in a world where illusion is the only reality and nothing is as it seems."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1956-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tharoor, Shashi
Dewey number
823
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9499.3.T535
LC item number
S5 1992
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • India
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • India
Label
Show business : a novel, by Shashi Tharoor
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
1st North American ed.
Extent
1 online resource (304 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036860006
Label
Show business : a novel, by Shashi Tharoor
Link
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Edition
1st North American ed.
Extent
1 online resource (304 pages)
Form of item
online
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)1036860006

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