Arresting God in Kathmandu

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Arresting God in Kathmandu
Arresting God in Kathmandu cover.jpg
Cover art for original 2001 publication
Author Samrat Upadhyay
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date
Media type Hardcover
Pages 191
Awards Whiting Writers' Award for Fiction, 2001
ISBN 9780618043712

Arresting God in Kathmandu is the debut book by Nepali-American author Samrat Upadhyay. It is a collection of nine short stories that provide a glimpse into everyday life in Kathmandu, Nepal. Published in 2001, Arresting God in Kathmandu was awarded the Whiting Writers' Award for fiction.[1] The book marks the first time a Nepali writer writing in English has been published in the West.[citation needed]

The stories
  1. The Good Shopkeeper
  2. The Cooking Poet
  3. Deepak Misra's Secretary
  4. The Limping Bride
  5. During the Festival
  6. The Room Next Door
  7. The Man with Long Hair
  8. This World
  9. A Great Man's House


Publishers Weekly calls Upadhyay's writing "assured and simple", concluding that "Upadhyay anchors small yet potent epiphanies in a place called Kathmandu, and quietly calls it home."[2] On the other hand, Kirkus Reviews called the book a collection of "diverting if sometimes lukewarm tales."[3]


  1. ^ "Samrat Upadhyay". Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation. Retrieved 6 June 2013. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Staff (30 July 2001). "Arresting God in Kathmandu: a review". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 6 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Arresting God in Kathmandu". Kirkus Reviews. 1 July 2001. Retrieved 6 June 2013.