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07 November Thursday

A Delhi Obsession – An Evening with M.G. Vassanji

07 November 2019, 18:30 - 07 November 2019, 20:00
Ismaili Centre Vancouver, 4010 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8 Canada

“Is there any Canadian writer who contemplates the meaning of time with greater distinction and intellectual grace than M.G. Vassanji?” —Literary Review of Canada



Two-time Giller Prize winner M.G. Vassanji returns with a powerful new novel about grief and second chances, tradition and rebellion, set in vibrant present-day Delhi.

Munir Khan, a recent widower from Toronto, on a whim decides to visit Delhi, the city of his forebears. Born in Kenya, he has lost all family connections, and has never visited India before.

While sitting in the bar of the Delhi Recreational Club where he’s staying, an attractive woman joins his table to await her husband. A sparring match ensues. The two are from different worlds: Munir is a westernized agnostic of Muslim origin; Mohini, a modern Hindu woman. Utterly witty and charming, she’s religiously traditional, but also a liberal and provocative newspaper columnist. Against her better judgment, Mohini agrees to show Munir around the city. As they explore the thriving markets and historical buildings of Old Delhi, an inexplicable attraction begins.

What follows is a passionate love affair–uncontrollable yet impossible. This is a period of rising Indian nationalism in modern India that at times finds outlet in senseless violence. Constantly lurking at Munir’s Club is the menacing and foreboding presence of a fanatical nationalist group. To them Munir Khan is simply a Muslim “love-jihadi” who has led the pride of Hindu womanhood, Mohini Singh, astray.

Join us for this special event at the beautiful Ismaili Centre Vancouver to mark the Vancouver launch of A Delhi Obsession. Mr. Vassanji will be in conversation with award-winning radio host, academic and writer Minelle Mahtani.

Mr. Vassanji will sign copies of the book following his talk. A limited number of copies will be available for sale at the event. Choose the ‘Book Bundle’ ticket to pre-order and guarantee your copy!

For venue description and accessibility information: Ismaili Centre Vancouver

Date: November 7
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: $10 - $35
Event CategoriesAll, Ideas, Literature
Address: 4010 Canada Way
Burnaby, BC V5G 1G8 Canada

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