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Psychoraag [Hardcover]

Suhayl Saadi


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Feb. 18 2004
Zaf is a Scottish Asian radio DJ presenting his final overnight show at Radio Chaadni, a community station broadcasting from an abandoned church in Glasgow. In the six hours he has left Zaf decides to ignore his audience's requests, and instead play the songs that remind him of lost loves in Scotland, and painful memories from Pakiston. The novel is split into the six hours of Zaf's 'Madness Show', but the crucial divisions are found in the playlist, which helps the reader keep track of which song is playing, and therefore which of Zaf's memories are being triggered. His musical tastes range from the energetic beat of Asian Dub Foundation (when angry); the Beatles'Indian- flavoured songs (when lyrical); and the sonorous Lata Mangeshkar (when sentimental).

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  • Hardcover: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Black and White Publishing (Feb. 18 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845020103
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845020101
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 14.6 x 4.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,654,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born in Yorkshire but now living in Glasgow, Suhayl Saadi is a novelist, poet and award-winning short-story writer. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Concept That Tries Too Hard May 28 2012
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I really enjoyed reading the first 100 pages of this novel about a DJ doing his last show on a pretty unpopular late night radio station. The novel eventually becomes scrambled and boring and I feel like the comparisons between Zaf's current and ex girlfriend are made hundreds of times throughout the novel and get old incredibly fast. Psychoraag is somewhat interesting for its concepts of identity and music (but don't except anything mainstream because according to the protagonist those songs are awful and only 30 minute, trippy, obscure Indian music is the only kind worth listening to). This book is an OK read but it can be difficult to relate to Zaf if you aren't multicultural and don't like his kind of music.

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