Arzee the Dwarf

Author(s): Chandrahas Choudhury


ARZEE THE DWARF is the story of the doubly marginalized Arzee - a half-Hindu half Muslim midget who works as a projectionist in a decrepit Bombay cinema theatre called Noor. It is about Arzeeā€²s extraordinary urge to find an ordinary life. As Arzee curses his stars and retreats from life, he is kept from sinking entirely into a morass of self-pity by a series of encounters - with Deepak the gangster, with old Phiroz, the outgoing head projectionist of the Noor, and his daughter Shireen. He is tormented also by the memory of one set of now-distant days when everything in his life had been beautiful, and he had felt loved and wanted, and no shorter than anyone else. Is there a chance that that time can somehow be resuscitated? Or is Arzee about to find that even the few certainties he now possesses are also chimerical?

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"Arzee the dwarf is perceptive, tender, gritty, and funny. In his intimate, nuanced portrait of Arzee, a man searching for the ingredients of a normal life-a job, love dignity-moving and insightful" Vikram Chandra

The author is a writer and literary critic based in Mumbai. His reviews appear regularly in the Observer. The Sunday Telegraph, the San francisco chronicle, and Mint.

General Fields

  • : 9789350292167
  • : HarperCollins India
  • : HarperCollins India
  • : October 2013
  • : 196x130mm
  • : India
  • : November 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Chandrahas Choudhury
  • : Paperback
  • : 210