The Valley of Masks by Tarun K Tejpal is longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize 2011, and I’m reading it for our Shadow Man Asian Literary Prize team. I’m lucky to have a copy, and owe it to Harrison Kelly, press officer for the award. He tracked one down and posted it to me from China, and so it is that I am able to share this most appealing of Sensational Snippets from the first chapter:
I read, and I read. Till sleep smothers me I read every scrap I have been able to lay my hands on. Of all that I have discovered journeying in this new world, it is this that I find most compelling: that men write so much! In so many tones and voices, espousing and denouncing, celebrating and lamenting, agreeing and contesting – with such passion and feeling, such with and intellect, with such cartwheels of prose, such somersaults of the imagination. (The Valley of Masks by Tarun J Tejpal, Fourth Estate (Harper Collins) India p9)
I know this is going to be a challenging book to read because I’ve read Fay’s review up to where she has thoughtfully posted a spoiler alert, but I have to say that this author has found his way to my heart already!