Arresting God in Kathmandu: Stories
By Samrat Upadhyray
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin: Harper Perennial (2001); Mariner Books (Kindle edition 2014)
This collection of short stories focuses on the private realm of love and family through characters balancing lives bound by tradition while awakening to the call of modernization and change. In a city where gods are vividly omnipresent and where privacy is elusive and family defines identity, they search for both transcendence and connection, often finding themselves caught between the pull of their desires and the demands of their society.
“Upadhyay's polished, transfixing stories are set in his hometown of Kathmandu, and the particulars of that fabled city and Nepalese culture as a whole infuse each tale...” (Booklist Online)
“These beautiful stories -- about appearance and reality, vanity and compassion, and the temporal and the spiritual -- are full of tender grace, woven in words that are not only perfectly set like beads in a necklace but also flow smoothly from sentence to flawless sentence without a bump. They are immensely enjoyable and insightful....” (World Literature Today)
House of Snow: An Anthology of the Greatest Writing about Nepal
dited by Ed Douglas, et al. Introduction by Ed Douglas. Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Genre: Anthology of fiction and nonfiction
Publisher: Head of Zeus (2017)
After the devastating earthquake in April 2015, this collection of essays and literary works was conceived as a tribute to Nepal, its mountainous landscape, and the Nepali people’s cultural and artistic heritage. It brings together contributions from travelers, explorers, and mountaineers—some famous, others not; journalists, fiction writers, poets, and literary scholars—both western and Nepali.
“Even as destruction and difficulty run as an unbroken thread through the more than 500 pages of this extraordinary anthology, so too do immense courage and forbearance.” (Times Literary Supplement)
“If you want a book in English that tells you about Nepalese thinking, and gives a taste of the country's contemporary literature, you could hardly do better than House of Snow.” (Daily Telegraph)
“A well-curated sliver of works that highlight the richness and variety of Nepal's literary contribution” (Kathmandu Post) “House of Snow is the biggest, most comprehensive and most beautiful collection of writing about Nepal in print.” (“Five Great Books Set in Nepal,” tripfiction.com, May 31, 2020)