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The City of Good Death

The City of Good Death

A Novel

Book - 2021
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"Banaras, Varanasi, Kashi: India's holy city on the banks of the Ganges has many names but holds one ultimate promise for Hindus. It is the place where pilgrims come for a good death, to be released from the cycle of reincarnation by purifying fire. As the dutiful manager of a death hostel in Kashi, Pramesh welcomes the dying and assists families bound for the funeral pyres that burn constantly on the ghats. The soul is gone, the body is burnt, the time is past, he tells them. Detach. After ten years in the timeless city, Pramesh can nearly persuade himself that here, there is no past or future. He lives contentedly at the death hostel with his wife, Shobha, their young daughter, Rani, the hostel priests, his hapless but willing assistant, and the constant flow of families with their dying kin. But one day the past arrives in the lifeless form of a man pulled from the river - a man with an uncanny resemblance to Pramesh. Called "twins" in their childhood village, he and his cousin Sagar are inseparable until Pramesh leaves to see the outside world and Sagar stays to tend the land. After Pramesh marries Shobha, defying his family's wishes, a rift opens up between the cousins that he has long since tried to forget. Do not look back. Detach. But for Shobha, Sagar's reemergence casts a shadow over the life she's built for her family. Soon, an unwelcome guest takes up residence in the death hostel, the dying mysteriously continue to live, and Pramesh is forced to confront his own ideas about death, rebirth, and redemption."--Publisher.
Publisher: Brooklyn, New York : Restless Books, 2021
Edition: First Restless Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781632062529
1632062526
Branch Call Number: FIC CHAMPANERI 2021
Characteristics: xii, 433 pages ; 24 cm

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Banaras on the banks of the Ganges is esteemed a good place to truly die, never to be reborn, but when the ghost of Pramesh's cousin Sagar returns to haunt the living, it is clear that his was not a good death at all.


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