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The Killing of an Author [Kindle Edition]

Richard Crasta
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Book Description

A small town Indian boy who has never met a real writer, has a dream of becoming a novelist in the Land of the Free. Reaching New York many years later, he studies at Columbia, works for a literary agency, fathers three children, and meets Saul Bellow's agent, Nobel Prizewinners, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving, and some of the most powerful editors in the world.

The resulting story has been described as a publishing thriller, a wild roller coaster ride, and as having "a sense of humour from start to end." His first novel is published in ten countries and seven languages, he learns some lessons along the way. Such as: What are the secret Rules of the publishing industry, and why are the rules different for people of different ethnicities?

The Killing of an Author tells a story that has been described as "laugh-out-loud funny", "an act of bravery", and as possessing "integrity." It is the third book of Richard Crasta's Freedom Trilogy.

"Crasta has a sense of humour which he maintains from the start to the end. Funny, sad, and
eye-opening. . . .We need more writers like him." --The Deccan Chronicle

"You are funny and delightful . . . and nowhere are you too heavy to carry. I've never read anyone like you. I laugh, I ache, I smile, I cry - but never close the book without that smile
surfacing."--Sheelagh Grenon, Canada

"More than a book . . . an act of bravery."--Lulu Review

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From Publishers Weekly

Crasta's 1993 comic novel The Revised Kama Sutra eventually received favorable reviews and was sold around the world, but its birth was a tortuous process that took a severe toll on its author. Crasta now runs his own press, Invisible Man, and in this memoir-cum exposé, he rails against both a perceived Indian elite and a seemingly politically correct but ultimately racist white Western publishing clique. Crasta recounts that after agent Lynn Nesbit and Knopf honcho Sonny Mehta ignored his absurdly offensive entreaties hawking his novel, he was finally published by Penguin India. However, his editor, pressured by his good friend Mehta, insisted he excise references to Jackie Kennedy. When Crasta refused, the publisher lost interest in publicizing or reprinting the book. Crasta also has other claims: that literary agent Scott Meredith scammed wannabe authors by charging them for evaluations; that Columbia MFA writing workshops attacked his self-esteem by degrading his subject matter; and that his psychiatrist ex-wife addicted him to Librium and Valium. Although similarly disgruntled writers may find validation, Crasta's unfocused, bitter, and ultimately self-indulgent rant tries for wit and parody but misses its mark, merely serving to prove that the author is his own worst enemy.
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"Funny and delightful . . . and nowhere too heavy to carry. I've never read anyone like you. I laugh, I ache, I smile, I cry - but never close the book without that smile surfacing." --Sheelagh Grenon, Quebec City, Canada

'Killing of an Author' by Richard Crasta is a book full of exuberance. It is mesmerizing and bubbles with/exudes a great spirit that you hardly find inside any one book. It brings out heartache and tears, laughter and wanting. It showcases a part of you. To sum up it is a rare gem in a city of rocks.

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  • File Size: 516 KB
  • Print Length: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Invisible Man Press, New York; 2012 Edition edition (December 10, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003WQAX4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gift of Words August 7, 2010
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"I am still reading your book and doing so in installments as I want to absorb it. Besides, I'm enjoying it in such a way that I want my joy to stick to me. You are funny and delightful . . . and nowhere are you too heavy to carry. I've never read anyone like you. I laugh, I ache, I smile, I cry - but never close the book without that smile surfacing."
Sheelagh Grenon
Quebec City, Canada
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honest, Entertaining, and Important March 31, 2014
By Z
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Well written and brutally honest analysis of himself, mistakes and all. Some excellent lessons for young writers, and some good history about the world of publishing, a world that is now changing as self-publishing has become a serious option to earn a living as a writer. The writing style is satirical at times, and his voice is very strong. The irony is that towards the end of the book Mr. Crasta laments that the years of prescription drug abuse has destroyed his ability to write well, but this book certainly proves he's still got the gift.

If you're reading this, Mr. Crasta, thanks for writing this, and don't stop writing. The muse may be fickle, but she is forgiving. She has not forsaken you yet.
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By Aashish
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Its a book that touches your innermost soul - with all its raw emotions, desires, pain, anguish and a feeling of injustice that any Indian author can experience at the world's publishing capital - New York. Its not a book - its an act of bravery, its a kick in the pants of the publishing lords and its an eye-opener for anyone who is awed by the glitter of the modern day institutions of the world, be it publishing world or another. Reading this book was a very different experience for me since I laughed, I cried, I was pained, I felt angry, I was shocked... but I smiled nevertheless and thanked the author many times in my heart for such an open and honest writing, for such a courageous book and ofcourse for such a gift of words that he has. Richard knows how to weave a magic with his words and always maintains a wonderful sense of humour in his books.

Its a book that is not to be missed and its not a surprise that it had to be self-published by the noted author. Who else would dare publish such a courageous book after all?
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More About the Author

Author of fifteen books, one of which has been published in ten countries and in seven languages, Richard Crasta was born in Bangalore, India, the son of an Indian survivor of a Japanese Prisoner of War camp. Growing up in India, shaped by Bollywood movies as well as Time Magazine, Hollywood movies, and copies of Readers Digest that found their way into his small South Indian town, he dreamed of becoming a writer. After briefly tasting feudalism from the other side as a member of the Indian Administrative Service, he decided to pursue his writing ambitions in America, and has been a New Yorker for more than twenty years (though he has spent much of his time, recently, in Asia).

Besides his acclaimed novel "The Revised Kama Sutra," and controversial books such as "Impressing the Whites,"--both of which are infused with a "no sacred cows" humor--Richard Crasta has published other books of fiction, nonfiction, essays, autobiography, humor, and satire, including two recent books on Mangalore and Mangaloreans and on fatherhood. His books have been described as "exuberant," "courageous," "hilarious," and "going where no Indian writer has gone before." He has been interviewed or written about in "The New York Times," BBC (television as well as the World service), The Independent (UK), Time Out, Indian national television channels, and elsewhere, and was described as "very funny" by Kurt Vonnegut.

He has traveled widely in North America, Asia, and Europe. You may write to him at or visit his website, or


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