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Issue Details: First known date: 2003 2003
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'Shantaram is narrated by Lin, an escaped convict with a false passport who flees maximum security prison in Australia for the teeming streets of a city where he can disappear. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, the two enter Bombay's hidden society of beggars and gangsters, prostitutes and holy men, soldiers and actors, and Indians and exiles from other countries, who seek in this remarkable place what they cannot find elsewhere.'

'As a hunted man without a home, family, or identity, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums, and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The search leads him to war, prison torture, murder, and a series of enigmatic and bloody betrayals. The keys to unlock the mysteries and intrigues that bind Lin are held by two people. The first is Khader Khan: mafia godfather, criminal-philosopher-saint, and mentor to Lin in the underworld of the Golden City. The second is Karla: elusive, dangerous, and beautiful, whose passions are driven by secrets that torment her and yet give her a terrible power.'

'Burning slums and five-star hotels, romantic love and prison agonies, criminal wars and Bollywood films, spiritual gurus and mujaheddin guerillas - this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart.'–BOOK JACKET.

Notes

  • Dedication: For my mother
  • Selected in December 2004 by the Australian public in an ABC poll as Australia's 67th favourite book.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording, e-book.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Carlton North, Parkville - Carlton area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2003 .
      Extent: 936p.
      ISBN: 1920769005
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Americas,
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      St. Martin's Press , 2004 .
      5183973936902734619.jpg
      Cover image courtesy of publisher.
      Extent: 936p.
      Edition info: 1st US ed.
      ISBN: 0312330529
    • London,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Abacus , 2004 .
      Extent: 936p.
      ISBN: 0349117543
Language: French

Works about this Work

Shantaram : Portrait of an Australian Bestseller Brigid Magner , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 213-225)
'Gregory David Roberts's semi-autobiographical novel Shantaram has been an Australian bestseller since its original publication in 2003. Marketed largely as nonfiction, Shantaram presents a fictionalized version of the author's experiences as a criminal on the run, particularly his adventures in the Mumbai underworld. Magner critiques Shantaram based upon reviews from newspapers and periodicals along with online fan responses to account for its robust readership. She saysa s an exemplar of a contemporary Australian bestseller, Shantaram is instructive from a number of angles, raising questions about genre distinctions and the workings of taste as well as drawing attention to the practices of publishers, consumers, and fans.' (Publication abstract)
Our Cup Runneth Over : Life-Stories from Fremantle Go National Per Henningsgaard , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 431-436)
Narrative, Emotions, and Autonomy Amy Mullin , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Narrative, Emotion and Insight 2011; (p. 92-108)
Compares the treatment of emotions in Roberts's work with that in Elizabeth von Arnim's The Enchanted April (1922) and Joan Barfoot's Exit Lines (2008).
Reconfiguring 'Asian Australian' Writing : Australia, India and Inez Baranay Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 70 no. 3 2010; (p. 11-29)
Shantaram : Life on the Run... Pradeep Trikha , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , Winter vol. 1 no. 1 2006; (p. 124)
Trikha analyses Gregory Robert's Shantaram in terms of its portrayal of the 'cross-cultural and trans-cultural values of India and Australia' (124). He comments on the novel's depictions of the city of Bombay and its inhabitants, its use of symbolism, and its reliance on the journey motif, through which both physical travel and spiritual change are registered.
Two Sides to the Story : For Cameron Woodhead , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 July 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : Against Sunil Badami , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 July 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Bad Boys Made Good : The Literary Redemption of Gregory David Roberts and D. B. C. Pierre Brigid Magner , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 179 2005; (p. 27-31)
Running Writer Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 5 February 2005; (p. 8)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Last Mango in Pondicherry Sunil Badami , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 63 no. 2 2004; (p. 200-207)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Bombay or Bust Megan O'Grady , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 26 December vol. 109 no. 52 2004; (p. 17)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
The Scribe Who Takes Risks Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18-19 April 2003; (p. 3)
Interviewed during the first half of 2003, Rosenbloom discusses his publishing house, Scribe, and a new work Shantaram, an autobiographical novel by Greg Roberts, due to be published in mid 2003.
The Face : Greg Roberts : Author Cameron Stewart , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 August 2003; (p. 3)
Back from the Badlands Andrew Rule , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 9 August 2003; (p. 24-25, 27-28)
Not Bad to the Bone Tony Baker , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 August 2003; (p. 3)
The Pros and Cons of Rebel Writers Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 October 2003; (p. 10)
A Compelling Life on the Run Cameron Woodhead , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 August 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Over the Wall and Into a Ripping Yarn Nicola Robinson , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 August 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Home and Away Peter Pierce , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 August vol. 121 no. 6387 2003; (p. 75)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel ; The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel ; Lives and Embers Jacob G. Rosenberg 2003 selected work short story ; The Different World of Fin Starling Elizabeth Stead 2003 single work novel ; My Life as a Fake Peter Carey 2003 single work novel
Stranger Than Fiction Phil Brown , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 27 August - 2 September no. 458 2003; (p. 9)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
A Compelling Life on the Run Cameron Woodhead , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 August 2003; (p. 5)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Over the Wall and Into a Ripping Yarn Nicola Robinson , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 August 2003; (p. 14)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Home and Away Peter Pierce , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 August vol. 121 no. 6387 2003; (p. 75)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel ; The Tyrant's Novel Thomas Keneally 2003 single work novel ; Lives and Embers Jacob G. Rosenberg 2003 selected work short story ; The Different World of Fin Starling Elizabeth Stead 2003 single work novel ; My Life as a Fake Peter Carey 2003 single work novel
Stranger Than Fiction Phil Brown , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 27 August - 2 September no. 458 2003; (p. 9)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Life Lines Frank Campbell , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 30-31 August 2003; (p. 8-9)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Older than Hemingway Rod Beecham , 2003 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 256 2003; (p. 49)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Last Mango in Pondicherry Sunil Badami , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin , vol. 63 no. 2 2004; (p. 200-207)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Bombay or Bust Megan O'Grady , 2004 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 26 December vol. 109 no. 52 2004; (p. 17)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Running Writer Christopher Bantick , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 5 February 2005; (p. 8)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : For Cameron Woodhead , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 July 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
Two Sides to the Story : Against Sunil Badami , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 8-9 July 2006; (p. 32)

— Review of Shantaram Gregory David Roberts 2003 single work novel
The Scribe Who Takes Risks Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 18-19 April 2003; (p. 3)
Interviewed during the first half of 2003, Rosenbloom discusses his publishing house, Scribe, and a new work Shantaram, an autobiographical novel by Greg Roberts, due to be published in mid 2003.
The Face : Greg Roberts : Author Cameron Stewart , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 August 2003; (p. 3)
Back from the Badlands Andrew Rule , 2003 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 9 August 2003; (p. 24-25, 27-28)
Not Bad to the Bone Tony Baker , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 August 2003; (p. 3)
The Pros and Cons of Rebel Writers Jane Sullivan , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 October 2003; (p. 10)
Bad Boys Made Good : The Literary Redemption of Gregory David Roberts and D. B. C. Pierre Brigid Magner , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Overland , Winter no. 179 2005; (p. 27-31)
Shantaram : Life on the Run... Pradeep Trikha , 2006 single work criticism
— Appears in: Lemuria , Winter vol. 1 no. 1 2006; (p. 124)
Trikha analyses Gregory Robert's Shantaram in terms of its portrayal of the 'cross-cultural and trans-cultural values of India and Australia' (124). He comments on the novel's depictions of the city of Bombay and its inhabitants, its use of symbolism, and its reliance on the journey motif, through which both physical travel and spiritual change are registered.
Reconfiguring 'Asian Australian' Writing : Australia, India and Inez Baranay Paul Sharrad , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 70 no. 3 2010; (p. 11-29)
Narrative, Emotions, and Autonomy Amy Mullin , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Narrative, Emotion and Insight 2011; (p. 92-108)
Compares the treatment of emotions in Roberts's work with that in Elizabeth von Arnim's The Enchanted April (1922) and Joan Barfoot's Exit Lines (2008).
Our Cup Runneth Over : Life-Stories from Fremantle Go National Per Henningsgaard , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Stories : Australian Life and Literature 1935–2012 2013; (p. 431-436)
Shantaram : Portrait of an Australian Bestseller Brigid Magner , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 28 no. 1 2014; (p. 213-225)
'Gregory David Roberts's semi-autobiographical novel Shantaram has been an Australian bestseller since its original publication in 2003. Marketed largely as nonfiction, Shantaram presents a fictionalized version of the author's experiences as a criminal on the run, particularly his adventures in the Mumbai underworld. Magner critiques Shantaram based upon reviews from newspapers and periodicals along with online fan responses to account for its robust readership. She saysa s an exemplar of a contemporary Australian bestseller, Shantaram is instructive from a number of angles, raising questions about genre distinctions and the workings of taste as well as drawing attention to the practices of publishers, consumers, and fans.' (Publication abstract)

Awards

2004 shortlisted International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book
2003 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
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