Karan Mahajan

My worldview... I suppose it’s one that is highly attuned to flaws and tragedy, but also perceives these flaws as somehow essential to understanding the world. I see flaws as a kind of beauty.

National Book Award Finalist

Young Lions and Bard Fiction Prize Winner

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In this fine novel, Karan Mahajan has achieved a brilliant and distinctive success. The sources, and unbearable, unending, consequences of a terrorist atrocity constitute a subject extremely difficult to capture in a work of serious literature. But with his intelligence, humanity, and art, Mahajan has given us a deep portrait of life in a kind of darkness.
— Norman Rush
Allow me to skip the prelude to judgment that usually begins a book review, and just get right to it: Karan Mahajan’s second novel, “The Association of Small Bombs,” is wonderful. It is smart, devastating, unpredictable and enviably adept in its handling of tragedy and its fallout. If you enjoy novels that happily disrupt traditional narratives — about grief, death, violence, politics — I suggest you go out and buy this one. Post haste.
The New York Times

Karan Mahajan is the author of the critically acclaimed, bestselling  novel, The Association of Small Bombs (Viking, 2016), winner of the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award, the Bard Fiction Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award.  A finalist for the National Book Award, it was  chosen as one of the Ten Best Books of 2016 by The New York Times,  and a Best Book of 2016 by Esquire, New York Magazine, Buzzfeed, and the Huffington Post. Mahajan has also been named Best of Young American Novelists by Granta.  

His first novel, Family Planning (Harper Perennial, 2008), was a finalist for the International Dylan Thomas Prize, and was published in nine countries. Karan's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker Online, The Believer, NPR’s All Things Considered, The San Francisco Chronicle, Granta.com, Bookforum, Tehelka, and the anthology Stumbling and Raging: More Politically Inspired Fiction.

Mahajan was born in 1984 and grew up in New Delhi, India. He has worked as an editor in San Francisco, a consultant on economic and urban planning issues for the New York City government, and a researcher in Bangalore. A graduate of Stanford University and the Michener Center for Writers, he currently lives in Upstate New York and is at work on his third novel.



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