Streets That Smell of Dying Roses

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Indolent, inflamed, political, perfumed, tactile and tragic, Prakash Kona's first novel Streets that Smell of Dying Roses is a hovering meditation on the dust of Hyderabad, the interior life of the street, poverty, sexuality, minglings of gender, and the power structures that attempt to make love and language into weapons. Written in the extraordinary language of a poet of India whose prose is sensitive to the effects of English as a colonizer's tongue, this series of vignettes forms a single vision of surpassing seriousness and beauty.

Streets that Smell of Dying Roses grows out of Prakash Kona's identification with alternate voices. His work, saturated by his awareness of the poverty of his country, is also informed by literary influences he has absorbed: among others, Marx, Dostoevsky, Gramsci, Pasolini, Genet, Saint Francis of Assisi, Derrida, Emma Goldman, and the Buddha.

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Prakash Kona lives in Hyderabad, India. He completed his doctoral studies with a comparative study of Chomsky, Derrida and Wittgenstein at the University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS. He has recently returned to Hyderabad after a stint as assistant professor of English Literature and Humanities at Eastern Mediterranean University in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. Prakash believes in, among other things, the power of alternate discourses and the ideal of a classless society. He is the author of two previous books of poetry published in Calcutta.

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