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In I Am an Executioner, Rajesh Parameswaran introduces us to a cast of heroes, and antiheroes, who spring from his riotous, singular imagination. From the lovesick tiger who narrates the unforgettable opener, “The Infamous Bengal Ming” (he mauls his zookeeper out of affection), to the ex-CompUSA employee who masquerades as a doctor; from a railroad manager in a turn of the century Indian village, to an elephant writing her autobiography; from a woman whose Thanksgiving preparations put her husband to eternal rest, to the newlywed executioner of the title, these characters inhabit a marvelous region between desire and death, playfulness and violence.

At once glittering and savage, daring and elegant, here are wholly unforgettable tales where reality loops in Borgesian twists and shines with cinematic exuberance, by an author who promises to dazzle the universe of American fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “These are very much stories that make us ‘wonder the universe.’”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A worthy addition to your summer reading list and a book that cements Parameswaran’s place as a writer to watch.”

    New York Daily News

  • “This is among the most stimulating story collections I’ve read in a long while, and a reminder of the possibilities that still exist for short fiction in a jaded, post-post-modern world.”

    Sunday Guardian

  • “Don’t be misled by the subtitle of this offbeat debut collection: for Parameswaran, ‘love’ bespeaks deadly passion. These tales, with their grotesque imagery and bathetic reversals in tone, contain flashes of brilliance. Parameswaran shows a mastery of perspective and voice that hints at greater things to come.”

    Financial Times

  • “Parameswaran is a dazzlingly versatile stylist and the conceits and voices here are varied and evocative. An inventive, impressive and witty book.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2012 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • One of the 2012 Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books for Fiction
  • A 2013 Audie Award Finalist for Short Stories/Collections
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About the Author

Rajesh Parameswaran’s stories have appeared in McSweeney’s, Granta, Zoetrope: All-Story, Five Chapters, and Fiction. “The Strange Career of Dr. Raju Gopalarajan” was one of three stories for which McSweeney’s earned a National Magazine Award in 2007, and it was reprinted in The Best American Magazine Writing. He lives in New York City.