May 9, 2020
Patna Blues is a literary fiction with a commercial appeal. Ethnically insightful with political undertones and set in the anarchic Indian province of Bihar of the 1990s, this novel follows the life of Arif, a boy born in a segregated poor Muslim neighbourhood. He works hard to realise his dream of joining Indian Administrative Service until a middle-aged married Hindu woman, Sumitra, crosses his path and changes the course of his life forever. The backdrop of the story is the socio-political conflicts that impacted India in the 1990s. Originally published in English, it is being translated into 13 languages.
All Rights except those mentioned below.
English- Indian Rights only (Juggernaut Books, New Delhi) Arabic (Al Arabi Publishers, Cairo, January 2021) Persian (Midhat Publishers, Tehran, December 2020) Kannada (Nav Karnataka Publishers, Bangalore, July 2019) Hindi (Manjul Publishing House, Bhopal, January 2020) Odia ( Dhauli Books, Bhuneshwar, May 2020) Bangla (Doshor Books, Janauary 2020) Urdu (Kitaab Mahal, Lahore, June 2020) Marathi (Mehta Publishing House, Pune, January 2020 ) Malayalam (Manjul Publishing House, Kochi, January 2020 ) Tamil (Ethir Veeliyedu, Pollachi, January 2020) Telugu ( Anvikshiki Publishers, Hyderabad, May 2020 ) Kokani (Sanjana Publishers, Goa, June 2020) Punjabi (TBA)
About the author: My name is Abdullah Khan and I am a Mumbai based novelist, screenwriter and banker. I was born in a poor Muslim village near Motihari, India(the town where George Orwell was born). When I came to know that Orwell was born in my home district, it made me wonder if I could be a writer. I was initially educated in Madarsa and Urdu medium school. `While in college, I started writing for The Times of India and The Hindustan Times. My writings (Short stories, essays, memoir, book reviews etc.) have also appeared in Brooklyn Rail (New York), Wasafiri (London), The Hindu (India), Friday Times (Pakistan) and The Daily Star (Bangladesh) among others.
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