Swimmer Among the Stars

Swimmer Among the Stars

Stories

Book - 2017
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In one of the singularly imaginative stories from Kanishk Tharoor's Swimmer Among the Stars, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity--for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language's last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; an elephant and his driver cross the ocean to meet the whims of a Moroccan princess; and Genghis Khan's marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city's walls. With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780374272180
0374272182
Branch Call Number: FIC SS
Characteristics: 239 pages ; 22 cm

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This imaginative collection of stories includes tales of diplomats in deep space, an elephant on the high seas. and the last speaker of a native language. One of the Guardian's Best Books of 2017.


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