Sacred Games (novel)
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
|Dewey Decimal||823/.92 22|
|LC Classification||PS3553.H27165 S23 2007|
Sacred Games combines the ambition of a 19th-century social novel with a cops-and-Bhais detective thriller. (Bhai is a Hindi slang term for gangster.)
As sprawling as the heat-drenched city it richly portrays, Sacred Games delves into many emotionally charged worlds of contemporary India, in particular the spidery links between organized crime, local politics and Indian espionage that lie below the shimmering surfaces of its economic renaissance. Money and corruption form the golden thread. In interweaving narratives and voices, Sacred Games takes on even larger themes, from the wrenching violence of the 1947 partition of India to the specter of nuclear terrorism.
The book earned Chandra a million dollar advance from HarperCollins. The initial print run was 200,000 copies. However, sales were disappointing and it is estimated that the advance lost $655,750. It was critically praised, winning the 2006 Vodafone Crossword Book Award.
Awards and nominations
- 2007: Awarded Salon Book Award
- 2007: Nominated National Book Critics Circle Award
- 2006: Awarded Hutch Crossword Book Award