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Publisher Comments:

Amit Chaudhuri is one of India's most distinctive literary figures. While lesser writers obsess over the heat and dust, he charts the by-ways of the Indian soul . . . The Immortals is a memorable work-capacious, multi-faceted but intimate, it is Indian to the core but universal in its implications . . . It is a] superb new novel . . . Handled with great sensitivity and wit . . . Masterful.

-The Independent

The Immortals is an important novel . . . There is a filigreed, Jamesian quality to Chaudhuri's work, an urbanity and aesthetic style not often associated with Indian fiction . . . In Chaudhuri, we get an intense moral and psychological realism, a honed treatment of the fleeting specificities of everyday life.

-Times Literary Supplement

An entertaining, engaging read . . . Chaudhuri is a master of social comedy . . . And what a cast of humankind is conjured up.

-Sunday Business Post (Ireland)

Chaudhuri's particular art lies in rendering beauty from normality. His characters linger in the mind; and his prose, with its exactness and elegance, its exquisite delineation of memory and emotion, has a strange, mesmerising grace.

-Financial Times

A graceful tale by a writer whose fiction is as beautiful as a classical ballet . . . There are so many reasons for liking this delicate human comedy of a novel . . . It is as if we are unofficial tourists being given an unofficial eye hole to look through . . . This is] a book that not only brings India to life, it considers all life and all endings.

-Irish Times

The lyrical quality of Chaudhuri's writing is striking. The imagery is vivid, the humour deliciously oblique . . . The great strength of the novel is the truthfulness of the emotional landscape . . . It invites honourable comparison with Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks.

-The Times (London)

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Synopsis:

Trained in the classical idiom but teaching popular modern songs to wealthy clients whose lifestyle he covets, voice teacher Shyam Lal of 1980s Bombay accepts his star pupil's sixteen-year-old child, Nirmalya, as a student of Indian classical music, an undertaking that poses unexpected consequences.

Synopsis:

In 1980s Bombay, a highly regarded voice teacher and his affluent sixteen-year-old student enter into a relationship that will have unexpected and lasting consequences in their lives, and the lives oftheir families. With exquisitely sensuous detail, quiet humor, and unsentimental poignancy, Amit Chaudhuri paints a luminous portrait of the spiritual and emotional force behind a revered Indian tradition; of twofundamentally different but intricately intertwined families; and of a society choosing between the old and the new.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Amit Chaudhuri is the author of several award-winning novels, as well as being an internationally acclaimed musician and essayist. Freedom Song: Three Novels received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction. He is a contributor to London Review of Books, Granta, and The Times Literary Supplement. He is currently professor of contemporary literature at the University of East Anglia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307273000
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Subject:
Fiction : Literary
Author:
Chaudhuri, Amit
Author:
Amit Chaudhuri
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Bombay (india)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20090825
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
333

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Product details 333 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307273000 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Trained in the classical idiom but teaching popular modern songs to wealthy clients whose lifestyle he covets, voice teacher Shyam Lal of 1980s Bombay accepts his star pupil's sixteen-year-old child, Nirmalya, as a student of Indian classical music, an undertaking that poses unexpected consequences.
"Synopsis" by , In 1980s Bombay, a highly regarded voice teacher and his affluent sixteen-year-old student enter into a relationship that will have unexpected and lasting consequences in their lives, and the lives oftheir families. With exquisitely sensuous detail, quiet humor, and unsentimental poignancy, Amit Chaudhuri paints a luminous portrait of the spiritual and emotional force behind a revered Indian tradition; of twofundamentally different but intricately intertwined families; and of a society choosing between the old and the new.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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