Romantics A Novel

ISBN-10: 0385720807
ISBN-13: 9780385720809
Edition: Reprint 
Authors: Pankaj Mishra
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/20/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Pankaj Mishra is one of the most promising talents of his generation, and this stunning, universally praised novel of self-discovery heralds a remarkable career. The young Brahman Samar has come to the holy city of Benares to complete his education and take the civil service exam that will determine his future. But in this city redolent of timeworn customs, where pilgrims bathe in the sacred Ganges and breathe in smoke from burning ghats along the shore, Samar is offered entirely different perspectives on his country. Miss West and her circle, indifferent to the reality around them, represent those drawn to India as a respite from the material world. And Rajesh, a sometimes violent, sometimes mystical leader of student malcontents, presents a more jaundiced view. More than merely illustrating the clash of cultures, Mishra presents the universal truth that our desire for the other is our most painful joy.

Pankaj Mishra is currently editing an anthology of contemporary Indian writers. He divides his time between New Delhi & Simla.

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