The Mammaries of the Welfare State

The Mammaries of the Welfare State

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Author: Upamanyu Chatterjee
Publisher: Penguin
Year: 2001
Language: English
Pages: 437
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0-14-027245-3


Now in paper back edition, this sequel to earlier book English, August, is a novel of laughter and a hilarious satire.

In this sequel to Upamanyu Chatterjee's debut novel, English, August, Agastya Sen — older, funnier, more beleaguered, almost endearing — and some of his friends are back.

Comic and Kafkaesque, 'The Mammaries of the Welfare State' is a masterwork of satire by a major writer at the height of his powers.

A searing, savage passage through bureaucratic India….The Mammaries is a book of laughter and disgust, a four-letter rejoinder to the grotesquery of governance'.
—India Today

'….a hilarious satire.'
—The Tribune

'….a terrific take-off on the Indian state and how it's misrun. Wit, satire, lampoonery, piquancy and plain ridicule pervade the pages of this novel…'
—Business Standard

'Raunchy and tough, smooth and almost facile, Mammaries shares with all good satire its power simultaneously shock and amuse'.
—The Hindu

In his writing, Upamanyu Chatterjee defies convention. Now he has also defied conventional wisdom and proved that great books can have great sequels.
—The Hindustan Times


Housing Problem

Conduct Unbecoming of a Civil servant

The Magic of the Aflatoons

Off-White Paper

The Prime Minister Visits

A Pest in the Corridors of Power


Hubris Ascending

Efficiency Bar

Firefighting on a War Footing

Out of the Way

Wake-up Call