Vikram Seth


Born
in Calcutta (now Kolkata), West Bengal, India
June 20, 1952

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Vikram Seth is an Indian poet, novelist, travel writer, librettist, children's writer, biographer and memoirist.

During the course of his doctorate studies at Stanford, he did his field work in China and translated Hindi and Chinese poetry into English. He returned to Delhi via Xinjiang and Tibet which led to a travel narrative From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet (1983) which won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award.

The Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse (1986) was his first novel describing the experiences of a group of friends who live in California. A Suitable Boy (1993), an epic of Indian life set in the 1950s, got him the WH Smith Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

His poetry includes The Humble Administrator's
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A Suitable Boy (A Suitable ...

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An Equal Music

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The Golden Gate

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Two Lives

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From Heaven Lake: Travels T...

4.01 avg rating — 1,613 ratings — published 1983 — 20 editions
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Beastly Tales from Here and...

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All You Who Sleep Tonight: ...

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A Suitable Boy (Volume 1)

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Three Chinese Poets

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A Suitable Boy (Volume 3)

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“God save us from people who mean well.”
Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

“But I too hate long books: the better, the worse. If they're bad they merely make me pant with the effort of holding them up for a few minutes. But if they're good, I turn into a social moron for days, refusing to go out of my room, scowling and growling at interruptions, ignoring weddings and funerals, and making enemies out of friends. I still bear the scars of Middlemarch.”
Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy

“I sometimes seem to myself to wander around the world merely accumulating material for future nostalgias.”
Vikram Seth, From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet

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2016 1st Quarter Long Read

1872, Middlemarch by George Eliot, 904 pages
 
  25 votes, 17.2%

 
  19 votes, 13.1%

1853, Bleak House by Charles Dickens, 1017 pages
 
  17 votes, 11.7%

1965, Dune by Frank Herbert, 604 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.3%

1869, The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 667 pages
 
  15 votes, 10.3%

1870, Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 733 pages
 
  8 votes, 5.5%

 
  7 votes, 4.8%

1982, North and South by John Jakes, 812 pages
 
  6 votes, 4.1%

 
  6 votes, 4.1%

1928, Parade's End by Ford Madox Ford, 836 pages
 
  5 votes, 3.4%

 
  5 votes, 3.4%

1993, A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth, 1474 pages
 
  4 votes, 2.8%

1836, Sketches by Boz by Charles Dickens, 688 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.1%

1985, Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, 945 pages
 
  3 votes, 2.1%

1983, Helliconia by Brian W. Aldiss, 1305 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

1987, The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher, 656 pages
 
  2 votes, 1.4%

1863, Romola by George Eliot, 688 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1980, Life and Fate by Vasily Grossman, 912 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

1948, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand, 740 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.7%

 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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