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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Abacus 
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 944 pages
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0349117546
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 625 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 12.8 x 4.4 x 19.6 cm


"It took me a long time and most of the world to learn what I know about love and fate and the choices we make, but the heart of it came to me in an instant, while I was chained to a wall and being tortured."

So begins this epic, mesmerizing first novel set in the underworld of contemporary Bombay. 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 guerrillas---this huge novel has the world of human experience in its reach, and a passionate love for India at its heart. Based on the life of the author, it is by any measure the debut of an extraordinary voice in literature.


Gregory David Roberts (GDR), is an author, songwriter, composer and artist. He’s best known for his critically acclaimed best-selling novel Shantaram, which has sold over 6 million copies and was hailed “a masterpiece” by critics. It has been translated into 41 languages and is sold in over 116 countries.

In 2014, GDR retired from public life to write The Spiritual Path, work on musical projects and spend time with his family. The follow-up novel The Mountain Shadow was released in 2015. Currently, a TV series based on Shantaram and The Mountain Shadow, is in production by Apple TV +, Paramount TV and Anonymous Content, starring Charlie Hunnam as the lead.

In 2021, GDR published his first non-fiction book, The Spiritual Path, which takes us on a gripping personal journey of wonder and insight into science, belief, faith and devotion where Roberts describes the step-by-step path he followed in search of spiritual connection.

GDR fulfilled a life-long held ambition to write and record music with the release of his debut album Love&Faith in 2020. The album is co-produced by GDR and Dale ‘Dizzle’ Virgo (Drake/ Rihanna/Florence + The Machine/ Kendrick Lamar) and was recorded at Geejam Studios, Jamaica. 2021, saw GDR expand his music repertoire with the release of his first solo instrumental album Deep Cowboy.


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