- Author: Jeet Thayil
- Publisher: Penguin Books India
- ISBN: 9780143031178
The narrator in Jeet Thayil's second full-length collection abandons the sectarian histories of 1990s' Bombay for New York City-and the events of September 11, 2001. In the faux prologue poem, 'About the Author', he stands on 'Sixth, watching ruin, with/a handful of rain and a prophecy', a citizen of no country except the republic that gives the book its title. English here is more than a language. It is a source of divinity, and it holds a hard-won tenderness for all things living.