A Free Man
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: October 2012
Duration: 6 hours 9 minutes
Like Dave Eggers's Zeitoun and Alexander Masters' Stuart, this is a tour de force of narrative reportage-an intimate portrait of an invisible man.
Mohammed Ashraf studied biology in college, and after college he learned how to repair television sets, cut suit lengths, and slice chicken. He has lived in Mumbai, Calcutta, Hyderabad, Surat, and Patna, but this evening he is stoned on a street in Sadar Bazaar in North Delhi. The morning shall bring hangovers, whiskey breakfasts, and possibly answers to the lingering questions that haunt Ashraf. How did he get here? Why is he the way he is? And is there a way back home?
In this compelling account of the life of an itinerant laborer, Aman Sethi brings Ashraf vividly alive and illuminates the lives of countless others like him. Wry, humorous, and insightful, A Free Man is an unforgettable portrait of an invisible man in his invisible city.
"Funny, poignant, and deeply moving, A Free Man is an extraordinary vignette into an extraordinary life."-Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies