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I Am an Executioner: Love Stories (2013)

por Rajesh Parameswaran

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"An explosive fiction debut from an astonishing new voice: darkly funny, wildly original stories about the power of love, and the love of power--two urgent human desires that inevitably, and often calamitously, intertwine. The unforgettable opener, "The Infamous Bengal Ming," is narrated by a misunderstood tiger whose affection for his keeper goes horribly awry. In "Demons," a woman tries to celebrate Thanksgiving after the sudden death of her husband, even though his corpse is still sprawled on their living-room floor. In "The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan," an ex-CompUSA employee sets up a medical practice in a suburban strip mall armed only with textbooks from the local library and fake business cards. The heroes--and anti-heroes--of I Am An Executioner include a railroad manager in a turn-of-the-century Indian village, the newlywed executioner of the title, and an elephant writing her autobiography--the creations of a riotous, singular imagination that promises to dazzle the universe of American fiction"--… (más)
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Possibly more like 3.5 stars due to moments in the writing that felt a little Creative Writing 101, but really overall I enjoyed these weird ass stories. They felt like a slightly more serious take on [book:The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria|25362907] (though I suppose it should be the other way around, publication-wise?), and there were more than a few moments that I think will stick with me for a while. I'm mostly familiar with Indian authors writing realistic fiction, so to read Parameswaran's collection definitely made me glad that he's contributing to weird fiction. ( )
  LibroLindsay | Jun 18, 2021 |
The first story is one of the best short stories I have read in a while; unfortunately, few other stories were half as good. The middle dragged on a bit too much for me. ( )
  ktshpd | Oct 22, 2018 |
Geen zuiver positief oordeel dus, maar net voldoende om toch maar de debuutroman, reeds aangekocht door Signatuur, in de gaten te houden.
Volledige bespreking via http://wraakvandedodo.blogspot.be/2013/07/rajesh-parameswaran-ik-ben-een-beul.ht... ( )
  jebronse | Jul 17, 2013 |
I couldn't even finish this book. The short stories were all wildly depressing and centered on death and destruction and twisted relationships, haunting and eerie without revealing any truth or beauty. If you like startlingly macabre thinking stories, this will probably be just the thing for you, but for me, It just brought on horrible feelings and I figured my life would be better without it. ( )
  millieanne | May 19, 2013 |
This is a tough review to write. This collection of short stories is well worth reading, yet inconsistent in quality. There are fabulous characters, including a tiger as narrator, a man masquerading as a physician, an elephant and a boy who speaks "Engliphant", an alienated immigrant, and more. The plots are distinct yet connected by the thread of what it means to be an animal....human or otherwise. Warning...not an uplifting, upbeat collection; rather an intense and thought-provoking collection. This is a debut collection and I am definitely interested to see where this writer goes with his talents from here! ( )
  hemlokgang | Jul 20, 2012 |
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"An explosive fiction debut from an astonishing new voice: darkly funny, wildly original stories about the power of love, and the love of power--two urgent human desires that inevitably, and often calamitously, intertwine. The unforgettable opener, "The Infamous Bengal Ming," is narrated by a misunderstood tiger whose affection for his keeper goes horribly awry. In "Demons," a woman tries to celebrate Thanksgiving after the sudden death of her husband, even though his corpse is still sprawled on their living-room floor. In "The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan," an ex-CompUSA employee sets up a medical practice in a suburban strip mall armed only with textbooks from the local library and fake business cards. The heroes--and anti-heroes--of I Am An Executioner include a railroad manager in a turn-of-the-century Indian village, the newlywed executioner of the title, and an elephant writing her autobiography--the creations of a riotous, singular imagination that promises to dazzle the universe of American fiction"--

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