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The Immortalsby Amit Chaudhuri
Synopses & Reviews
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 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.
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.
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)
From the Hardcover edition.
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.
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.
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