While Meadows tries to analyse the strange cult of the Indian Thug, a group of Englishmen sets out to prove the inherent difference between cultures and people by examining their skulls - with bizarre consequences. Set in Victorian London, this story of different voices from different places draws intricate lines of connection from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century, between England and India, across individual and cultural differences. Known for his refusal to fit his work into established "diasporic", subalternist or post-colonialist narrative traditions, in The Thing About Thugs, Khair finally engages with these traditions by subtly and ironically deploying echoes from Victorian literature, ranging from Charles Dickens to P.M. Taylor"s Confessions of a Thug and Joseph Conrad"s Heart of Darkness. "Khair"s skill lies in making us question our assumptions about what we do and why we do it." - New Statesman Formally and intellectually intrepid, and emotionally resonant, Tabish Khair"s novels are some of the most exciting to have come out of the Indian subcontinent." Pankaj Mishra.com
Born in 1966 and educated mostly in a small town of Bihar, India,Tabish Khair is the author of various critically acclaimed poetry collections, studies and novels. Winner of the all India poetry prize and fellowships at Delhi, Cambridge and Hong Kong, his novels - The Bus Stopped (2004), Filming: A Love Story (2007), and The Thing About Thugs (2010) -have been translated into several languages and shortlisted for major prizes in five countries.