A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

A Free Man: A True Story of Life and Death in Delhi

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“A deeply moving, funny, and brilliantly written account from one of India’s most original new voices.”—Katherine Boo Like Dave Eggers’s Zeitoun and Alexander Masters’s Stuart, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage.

Mohammed Ashraf studied biology, became a butcher, a tailor, and an electrician’s apprentice; now he is a homeless day laborer in the heart of old Delhi. How did he end up this way? In an astonishing debut, Aman Sethi brings him… (more)

Editorial reviews (3 reviews)


This is a struggle to find freedom that is conducted with a deep sense of honor among individuals, with compassion, and through pain and deprivation. Sethi's powerful book acknowledges, without empty celebration, these struggles.

“A Free Man” makes no promise of a happy ending. Perhaps no book about contemporary Indian society can. But it delivers more. It takes readers on a journey they might otherwise not go on.

Kirkus Reviews : A Free Man (August 01, 2012)

Alternately sad, defiant, carefree and understated, this journey into a world hidden in plain sight is well worth taking.

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Book Details  


Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (October 15, 2012)

Format: EPUB

Page count: 240 pages

File size: 383 KB

Protection: DRM

Language: English


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