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Siddharth Shanghvi

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Of: Siddharth Shanghvi


Born in 1977, he has lived for 14 years in a house built on a tree in his native Mumbai. He studied in India, England and the United States, where he also worked as a dog sitter and cook. In London he told stories in exchange for drinks: these stories formed the core of his first novel. He wrote for various newspapers and magazines including the Sunday Times of India, Elle and San Francisco Chronicle. When he returned in India with his MA in International Journalism and mass communications, on his mother's advice, Shanghvi opened a pizzeria. Two months after the inauguration, he sent the final draft of Last Song Of Dusk (L'ultima canzone) to his agent. A year later, the novel became a bestseller in India and England. Shanghvi shares with writers like Salman Rushdie and Vikram Seth the magical realism and the themes of their writing. Last Song Of Dusk won the Grinzane Cavour in Italy, the prestigious Betty Trask Award in Great Britain and was named the best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle. It was also published in France, Germany and several other countries. Shanghvi lives between Mumbai and Albany, Northern California.


I fenicotteri di Bombay (2010, The Lost Flamingoes Of Bombay) was published by Garzanti.

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