Set in a small highway town in South India, Current Show reveals moments in the life of Sathi, a young soda-seller in a run-down theatre. Sathi's grim and dreamy life is clocked by show time. The tedium of his ill-paid work is offset by his friends, young men who work around the theatre, fighting, playing, bullying, yet supporting each other. An intense and tender friendship with one of the men sustains Sathi, until a train of events cast the meagre certainties of his everyday into disarray.
Written in a spare, swift style that mimics the rapid images and cuts of cinema, Current Show leads into the murky twilight world of the dispossessed.
Perumal Murugan is a well-known Tamil writer whose work has won great praise from critics and readers. Recognised as one of the strongest voices in contemporary Tamil literature, Perumal Murugan has written three novels, several short stories and poems, and edited a dialect dictionary. He recently won a prestigious national fiction award.