Jeet Thayil

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As a boy, Jeet Thayil traveled through much of the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia with his father, TJS George, a writer and editor. He worked as a journalist for twenty-one years, in Bombay, Bangalore, Hong Kong and New York City, and he published three slim volumes of poetry. In 2005 he began to write fiction. The first installment of his Bombay Trilogy, Narcopolis, was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and became an unlikely bestseller. His book of poems These Errors Are Correct won the Sahitya Akademi Award (India’s National Academy of Letters). His musical collaborations include the contemporary opera Babur in London, and the spoken word opera, Extinction Violin, an ongoing, shapeshifting project. His essays, poetry and short fiction have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Granta, TLS, Esquire, The London Magazine and The Guardian, among other venues. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Jeet Thayil’s most recent novel is Names of the Women.