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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'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. --mangalorean.com