This book is an ode to disillusionment — personal, political, national — yet written in prose that soars and tugs at the emotions.
Saleem Haddad’s hero Rasa is back in his unnamed country after doing his undergraduate studies in the U.S., full of hope, enthusiasm and a zeal for reform. He does some desultory translation work, hangs out with his radical activist friends at an underground bar called Guapa, regarded as a den of iniquity by the truncheon-wielding guardians of society.
But Guapa is nothing less than a sanctuary and solace to Rasa and his friends who drown gallons of red wine, smoke cigarette after cigarette and talk till the idea of going home becomes bearable. Oh, and Rasa’s also gay. READ FULL