The Bus Stopped

Tabish Khair

A very angry bus driver, abandoned by his wife and going nowhere in his career; a sanctimonious conductor; a hijra, or eunuch, a remnant of India's Muslim glory days; a nervous, half-Indian businessman clutching a briefcase-full of cash; a right-wing Hindu matriarch; a young boy returning to his village after robbing his employer . . . They meet – and witness a tragic event – only because they are all travelling on the same bus, in the same direction, on the same day.

With exceptional poise and beguiling simplicity, Khair introduces a range of voices, thoughts, ideas and identities, allowing each individual’s story to unfold gradually.

‘A novel that reflects deeply into the nature and circumstances of human mobility in our modern, unforgiving world’ Siddhartha Deb, Outlook

‘There is much to enjoy here . . . The twist at the end is hilarious. Khair’s talent is as a miniaturist’ Fiona Hook, The Times

‘It’s a fine work: short, sweet and brutal’ James Smart, Sunday Herald


Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 978144723093901
Published: 11/07/2012

Tabish Khair

Tabish Khair

A poet, novelist and critic, Tabish Khair was born in India in 1966. His second novel (the first to be published by Picador), The Bus Stopped, was short-listed for the Encore Award in the UK.

He now lives in Denmark.

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