Ravi Mangla: The Observant
September 8 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm– $20
In a distant country, recently imprisoned filmmaker Vasant Rai is offered a chance at freedom. But the choice, he learns, comes at a very steep price. Ravi Mangla’s The Observant is a sharp-eyed literary thriller about freedom of expression under tyrannical regimes, authority and its adherents, and the demands of survival.
“Short and powerful, Ravi Mangla’s The Observant begs to be read in one sitting, but I read it slowly, piece-by-piece, marveling at the book’s layered and emotional turns. It really is a masterful work.” – Rion Amilcar Scott, author of The World Doesn’t Require You
“Ravi Mangla’s cool economy of words, his sharp, slightly ironic tone and eye for rich detail—they’re all perfectly suited to this riveting, incisive page-turner about a man making sense of his Kafkaesque captivity at the hands of a foreign dictator.” – Amber Sparks, author of And I Do Not Forgive You
Ravi Mangla is the author of The Observant (Spuyten Duyvil, 2022) and Understudies (Outpost19, 2013). His writing has appeared in The Kenyon Review, Cincinnati Review, American Short Fiction, Los Angeles Review of Books, Jacobin, and The Paris Review Daily. He lives in Rochester and works in political organizing.
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