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A vivid, astonishing new debut collection from a new international literary talent
Rajesh Parameswaran is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former law clerk to a federal judge. His short stories have appeared in McSweeney's, Zoetrope: All-Story, Fiction and Book Magazine. `The Strange Career of Doctor Raju Gopalarajan' won a National Magazine Award and was nominated for the Kay Cattarulla Award for Best Short Story. Rajesh Parameswaran lives in New York.
The word "dazzling" is more often used than deserved in criticism but this is truly a dazzling, not to mention riotously funny and savagely memorable book * Irish Times * Original, surprising and visceral * Psychologies * Stories that are savagely funny, stories that haunt and sear and stun, stories so original they defy categorization above all, stories generously laden with sheer reading pleasure: I Am an Executioner is a brilliant and spellbinding collection * Manil Suri * A compulsive and infectious narrative * International Herald Tribune * I Am an Executioner gets the pulse racing from word one. I love Rajesh because his last name is even more impossible than my own, and because he has redefined the American short story for me. Bravo! -- Gary Shteyngart, author of Super Sad True Love Story In this debut collection, original, quirky and written with panache, Raj Parameswaran explores troubled lives - both human and animal - with compassion and humour. Readers will remember these unusual stories for a long time. -- Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Palace of Illusions Wonderful stories - like small, deft carnivals entering our desert cities and cranky towns to, for a while, muster us into feeling, resolution, and happiness, before they go on their way. We can't help but be grateful for them. -- Charlie Smith, author of Word Comix: Poems