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The Bombay Plays

The Matka King & Bombay Black

by Anosh Irani, introduction by David Staines

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ISBN:9780887545603
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The Matka KingIn a story that pits human nature against love and chance, a landscape of betrayal and redemption comes to life in the red-light district of Bombay, India. One very powerful eunuch, Top Rani, operates an illicit lottery through his brothel, and when a gambler who is deeply in debt makes an unexpected wager, the stakes become life and death. Can a fortune teller and a ten-year-old girl beat Top Rani at his own game?Bombay BlackApsara, Bombay's most infamous dancer, lives with her iron-willed mother Padma in an apartment by the sea. Padma takes money from men so they watch her daughter perform a mesmerizing dace. Apsara's extraordinary beauty and erotically charged dancing cast a powerful spell over her wealthy and famous clientele. One day, a mysterious blind man named Kamal visits for a private dance. His secret link to their past threatens to change each of their lives forever. At turns lyrical and brutal, Bombay Black charts the seduction of Apsara by Kamal, and Padma's violent enmity towards the blind man and the secret he holds.

About the Authors

Anosh Irani

ANOSH IRANI was born and brought up in Bombay and moved to Vancouver in 1998. His play Bombay Black won five Dora Mavor Moore Awards, including for Outstanding New Play, and his anthology The Bombay Plays: The Matka King & Bombay Black was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Drama. The Matka King received a Jessie Award nomination for Outstanding Original Script, as did his latest play, The Men in White. Irani’s most recent novel, The Parcel, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize; was longlisted for the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and the 2018 Dublin Literary Award; and was chosen as one of the best books of the year by the Globe and Mail, National Post, CBC, the Walrus, and Quill & Quire. His work has been translated into eleven languages.

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David Staines

Full Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, David Staines has authored and edited more than twenty books, including The Canadian Imagination: Dimensions of a Literary Culture (1977), Beyond the Provinces: Literary Canada at Century’s End (1995), The Worlds of Carol Shields (2014), and The Cambridge Companion to Alice Munro (2016).
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Contributor Notes

Anosh Irani was born and brought up in Bombay, India. He moved to Vancouver in 1998. His first play, The Matka King, premiered at the Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver, in October 2003. Bombay Black, commissioned by Nightswimming, was produced in January 2006 by Cahoots Theatre Projects and was the winner of four Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play. His first novel, The Cripple and His Talismans, was published by Raincoast Books in 2004, and in the US and Germany in 2005. His second novel, The Song of Kahunsha, was published in 2006 by Doubleday Canada. Rights have been sold to the US, Italy, France, Spain, Greece, Israel, and Portugal. His new play, My Granny the Goldfish, premiered at the Arts Club Theatre Company in 2010.

Awards
  • Winner, Dora Mavor Moore Award- Outstanding New Play

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