Looking Through Glass
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Summary from Amazon: "Looking Through Glass is a powerful and hugely entertaining novel set in the troubled forties - the era of India's partition and independence. Often hilariously funny, and shot through with an acute vision of history, this is a passionate and exhilarating novel, a landmark debut by a novelist of great power and originality. Suddenly transported back to India in 1942, where he journeys through Muslim neighborhoods, Hindu wrestling academies, and splendid colonial enclaves, an ambitious young photographer meets a change-mongering nationalist, a pioneering pornographer, and his own grandmother."