- Hardcover: 438 pages
- Publisher: Black and White Publishing (27 April 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845020103
- ISBN-13: 978-1845020101
- Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.6 x 4.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Psychoraag Hardcover – 27 Apr 2004
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Psychoraag is not just Midnight's Children-meets-Trainspotting because Saadi is more thoughtful than Welsh or Rushdie. -- The Sunday Herald
Suhayl Saadi is emerging as a unique and important voice in Scottish writing. -- The Herald
About the Author
Born in Yorkshire but now living in Glasgow, Suhayl Saadi is a novelist, poet and award-winning short-story writer. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
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Zaf is a bright but directionless Glasgow-Asian lad who is working as a DJ on the Night Shift for Radio Chandni (well, what else do you do with a degree in Ethnology?), a local Asian station which only has a temporary broadcasting licence and is due to go permanently off-air at 6 a.m. As Zaf kicks off at midnight with what will be his last Message to the Nation, he has decided not to take any phone-in requests, but instead to play an extremely eclectic mixture of music from an extraordinary variety of times and cultures, which will be a sort of playlist of his life. This gives Saadi the chance to wander off on a stream-of-consciousness narrative which gradually reveals details of Zaf's past, along with the stories of his parents (who escaped Lahore for rainy Govan after an illicit love-affair, driving from Pakistan right across Europe in a clapped-out Ford Popular).
At the heart of the narrative is Zaf's relationship with his parents, and with his two very different girlfriends: the white biker-chick Galloway nurse named Babs, and the troubled Zilla who blames Zaf for her descent into a heroin habit funded by prostitution. Saadi pulls off the admirable trick of allowing both girls to remain well-rounded and sympathetic characters, while still effectively contrasting the two relationships to make some subtle but telling points about race and racism.Read more ›