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Ein Mann auf der Flucht – Eine Stadt, die nie schläft – Und die Gnade einer befreienden Liebe

Shantaram erzählt in fiktionaler Form die Geschichte von Roberts’ eigenem Leben: Als der Australier Lindsay in Bombay strandet, hat er zwei Jahre seiner Gefängnisstrafe abgesessen und ist auf der Flucht vor Interpol. Zu seinem Glück begegnet er dem jungen Inder Prabaker, der ihn unter seine Fittiche nimmt. Auf ihren Streifzügen durch die exotische Metropole schließen die beiden eine innige Freundschaft. Von Prabaker lernt Lindsay nicht nur die Landessprache, sondern auch, mit sich ins Reine zu kommen: Er wird zu „Shantaram“, einem „Mann des Friedens“ und kämpft für die Ärmsten der Armen. Doch dann verfällt Lindsay der geheimnisvollen Karla, einer Deutsch-Amerikanerin mit dubiosen Kontakten zur Unterwelt ...

Ein Roman, so leidenschaftlich wie der Herzschlag Indiens, voller Wahrheit und Poesie.

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"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel by Gregory David Roberts, set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear.

Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.

As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.

Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.

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Mar 11, 2009
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