Farce and the furious1 min read
Indrajit Hazra reviews The Competent Authority by Shovon Chowdhury in The Outlook
When I started reading this, dimly aware that it’s a satirical novel, something was amiss. As signs of a comic opera on a futuristic India began to unfold, I realised that if I swivel my brain round to read it as a work of comic science fiction, a kind of Alfred Bester minus the space-jumps and a Douglas Adams with the nerdy existentialism replaced by dorky social realism, this was a fanatically fantastic book that uses our relationship with national news headlines and prime-time television as ingredients for a romp-’n-tweaked Great India Novel.
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