Kanishk Tharoor, CLSC Author, Swimmer Among the Stars

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Location Hall of Philosophy

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In one of this collection’s singularly imaginative stories, despondent diplomats entertain themselves by playing table tennis in zero gravity―for after rising seas destroy Manhattan, the United Nations moves to an orbiting space hotel. In other tales, a team of anthropologists treks to a remote village to record a language’s last surviving speaker intoning her native tongue; and Genghis Khan’s marauding army steadily approaches an unnamed city’s walls.

With exuberant originality and startling vision, Tharoor cuts against the grain of literary convention, drawing equally from ancient history and current events. His world-spanning stories speak to contemporary challenges of environmental collapse and cultural appropriation, but also to the workings of legend and their timeless human truths. Whether refashioning the romances of Alexander the Great or confronting the plight of today’s refugees, Tharoor writes with distinctive insight and remarkable assurance. Swimmer Among the Stars announces the arrival of a vital, enchanting talent.

Winner of the Tata First Book Prize for Fiction in India, Swimmer Among the Stars was also a Guardian and NPR Book of the Year. Kanishk Tharoor’s journalism and fiction have been published in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Nation, The Paris Review, and The New Yorker. He is the presenter and writer of the BBC radio series "Museum of Lost Objects" and lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son.