Hurtling from one first-person account to another, No God In Sight is a daring novel about present-day Bombay and the individual lives that spark the city s consciousness. Fast-paced and innovative, No God In Sight captures the seething multiplicity of Bombay through first-person accounts of an abortionist, a convert, a pregnant refugee, a gangster in hiding, a butcher, and an apathetic CEO, among others. As the reader is hurled from monologue to short story to anecdote, disparate lives collide in tantalizing ways. A family flees religious persecution in their village to take refuge in an urban slum; women walk the tightrope of free will and dormant violence; a father and son grant each other the relief of estrangement; and young men and women struggle to comprehend the consequences of sexual attraction. At the heart of the action is the city itself: a teeming, breathing, suffering Bombay that demands subservience and total surrender before it will sanction survival. Insightful, ironic, and scathingly honest, No God in Sight is a brilliant debut by a talented young writer.
Altaf Tyrewala lives in Bombay and Mumbai. He has worked as a cashier, a telemarketer, a clerk, and an instructional writer. This is his first novel.
“A bullet train of a novel, scintillating with bursts of energy and scathing humor as it streaks through the Mumbai landscape—the kind of book you will want to press on all your acquaintances and insist they read it”
— Manil Suri, author of "The Death of Vishnu
Publication Date: August 10, 2007
trim size: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.6