David Davidar

David Davidar was born in South India around 1959. A graduate of Madras University, Davidar worked as a journalist before moving into publishing. He was president and CEO of Penguin Books in India, before relocating to Toronto to assume the role of publisher, Penguin Canada, effective January 1st, 2004. Under his direction, Penguin India’s publishing program grew from six titles in 1987 to about one hundred and fifty titles annually. Davidar’s departure from Penguin and Penguin Canada was announced in June 2010.


The House of Blue Mangoes: A Novel

Toronto: HarperFlamingoCanada, 2001.
Toronto: HarperPerennialCanada, 2003.
9th floor PR9499.3 .D384 H69 2003

Publisher’s Synopsis (HarperPerennial ed.)

In 1899, in the south Indian village of Chevathar, renowned for its groves of a rare variety of blue mango, Solomon Dorai is contemplating the imminent destruction of his world and everything he holds dear. As the thalaivar, or headman, of Chevathar, he seeks to preserve the village from both catastrophe and change, and the decisions he makes will mark his family for generations to come.



Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2011.

Publisher’s Synopsis


The Solitude of Emperors

Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 2007.
9th floor PR9499.3 .D384 S65 2007

Publisher’s Synopsis (from its website)

The Solitude of Emperors is a stunningly perceptive novel about modern India, about what drives fundamentalist beliefs, and what makes someone driven, bold, or mad enough to make a stand.


Publisher HarperCollinsCanada

Publisher McClelland and Stewart