One of the longest novels ever published in a single volume, this story is set in post-independence, post-partition India. It sweeps through history, the caste system, love affairs, land reforms, religious strife and politics. Rich and complex, wide-ranging and moving, this book transports the reader so vividly to India.
When A Suitable Boy was published in 1993, it took the world by storm. Vikram Seth has been compared with Tolstoy and to George Eliot, and his book has been listed as one of the ‘all-time great Asian novels’.
How did Vikram Seth come to write his masterpiece, and which other writers inspired him? Which members of his own family were the models for his characters? How faithful is the recent TV adaptation (which has been described as ‘the Crown in brown’) to the original book, and how did the series break new ground? Just $9 for the full video talk, available now.