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Editorial: Bloomsbury, UK
Año de publicación: 2010
Condición del libro: Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author
As new, unread first printing, UK first. SIGNED to the title page. Kirpal Singh is travelling on the slow train to Kashmir. As India passes by the window in a stream of tiny lights. glistening fields and huddled, noisy towns, he reflects on his destination, which is also his past: a military camp to which he has not returned for fourteen years.Mesmeric, mournful and intensely lyrical, "Chef" is a brave and compassionate debut about hope, love and memory, set against the devastatingly beautiful, war-scarred backdrop of occupied Kashmir. N° de ref. de la librería P277
Sinopsis: Kirpal Singh is travelling on the slow train to Kashmir. As India passes by the window in a stream of tiny lights, glistening fields and huddled, noisy towns, he reflects on his destination, which is also his past: a military camp to which he has not returned for fourteen years Kirpal, Kip to his friends, is timorous and barely twenty when he arrives for the first time at General Kumar's camp, nestled in the shadow of the mighty Siachen Glacier that claimed his father's life. He is placed under the supervision of Chef Kishen, a fiery, anarchic mentor with long earlobes and a caustic tongue, who guides Kip towards the heady spheres of food and women. 'The smell of a woman is a thousand times better than cooking the most sumptuous dinner, kid,' he muses, over an evening beer. Kip is embarrassed - he has never slept with a woman, though a loose-limbed nurse in the local hospital has caught his eye. In Srinagar, Kashmir, a contradictory place of erratic violence, extremes of temperature and high-altitude privilege, Kip learns to prepare indulgent Kashmiri dishes such as Mughlai mutton and slow-cooked Nahari, as well as delicacies from Florence, Madrid, Athens and Tokyo. Months pass and, though he is Sikh, Kip feels secure in his allegiance to India, the right side of this interminable conflict. Then, one muggy day, a Pakistani 'terrorist' with long, flowing hair is swept up on the banks of the river, and changes everything. Mesmeric, mournful and intensely lyrical, "Chef" is a brave and compassionate debut about hope, love and memory, set against the devastatingly beautiful, war-scarred backdrop of occupied Kashmir.
Críticas: 'A fascinating, kaleidoscopic journey through one of the most beautiful yet besieged areas in the world -- Jaspreet Singh brings out the full poetry and heartbreak of Kashmir' Manil Suri 'Jaspreet Singh's Chef carries the scents of cardamon, ice and sweat, is written with such a keen sense of rhythm that you can hear the book as you read it, and is placed not only between India and Pakistan but intriguingly between delicate cuisines and crude politics. The novel is transporting -- an experience that is not easily laid to rest' Mark Kurlansky 'Chef is a haunting evocation of the emotional and physcial landscapes of war-torn Kashmir. Jaspreet Singh is a very learned, gifted, and sensitive writer' Basharat Peer
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