ISBN 9789382277354,Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer

Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer


Cyrus Mistry


Aleph Book Company



Aleph Book Company

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9789382277354

ISBN-10 9382277358


Edition 2nd
Number of Pages 248 Pages
Language (English)


Cyrus Mistrys new novel shines a light on a little known segment of the Parsi community. It is brilliant and unsettling. - Khushwant Singh

Cyrus Mistry has long been known as perhaps the best writer of his generation. - Arvind Krishna Mehrotra

At the very edge of its many interlocking worlds, the city of Bombay conceals a near invisible community of Parsi corpse bearers, whose job it is to carry bodies of the deceased to the Towers of Silence. Segregated and shunned from society, often wretchedly poor, theirs is a lot that nobody would willingly espouse. Yet thats exactly what Phiroze Elchidana, son of a revered Parsi priest, does when he falls in love with Sepideh, the daughter of an aging corpse bearer.

Derived from a true story, Cyrus Mistrys extraordinary new novel is a moving account of tragic love that, at the same time, brings to vivid and unforgettable life the degradation experienced by those who inhabit the unforgiving margins of history.

Interesting Facts

  • Winner of the the prestigious DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2014.

  • A powerful and poignant love story.

  • Set in pre-independence Bombay. Offers a vivid portrait of the city in the late colonial era.

  • Demystifies the Parsi community and gives details of their cultural life.