The Brain Fever Bird

The Brain Fever Bird

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Author: I Allan Sealy
Publisher: Picador India
Year: 2003
Language: English
Pages: 360
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0330412051


The Brainfever Bird is an exquisite love story, a tale of international intrigue and biological weapons, a literary thriller bursting with life, illusion and wonder.

Lev is a man who has come down in the world. Once a biological weapons scientist, he is now a chauffeur in 'that new Russia where physicists wash windows and engineers drive trams'. So he decides to take his lethal knowledge abroad; to offer his services to a foreign government. He goes to India - and then he is robbed.

It is in a helpless state, alone and adrift in Delhi, that Lev meets Maya. Beautiful and different, Maya has been waiting for a man like Lev to walk into her life. For a few days an awkward romance blossoms between them. But then something terrible happens - something for which the Russian scientist is blamed.


Sealy's melodic prose is alive to every nuance of the lush landscape around him, one he populates with an intriguing tale about people's inability to connect.

- Sunday Times

A fascinating study of human foibles for every reader, bvut a sensory treat for lovers of this fascinating country.

- Daily Telegraph

Rich and evocative . . Sealy relives the sadness of this story with comic moments...Poetic descriptions bring to life the landscape of India: you can see the lush vegetation, smell the rice-fields and fruit, hear the birdsong.

- Independent

Delightfully odd and evocative.

- The Times