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Book Title: The Romantics|
The author of the book: Pankaj Mishra
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Edition: Thorndike Press
Date of issue: December 14th 2000
ISBN 13: 9780786230013
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On the banks of the Ganges, the holy city of Benares groans and heaves along the fault line where modern India presses against its living past. Into this city comes in all innocence young Samar, to complete his university studies and take the civil-service examinations that will determine his future. An uprooted Brahman who bears the responsibilities of his caste but none of its privileges, obsessed by western culture, he is suspended between conflicted worlds. On his journey of self-discovery, Samar is accompanied by two guides: Miss West, his English neighbor whose circle of friends have come to Benares seeking a culture more resonant than their own; and Rajesh, an impoverished fellow Brahman and student leader who will show him the dead end to which that culture has come.
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Read information about the authorPankaj Mishra (पंकज मिश्रा) is a noted Indian essayist and novelist.
In 1992, Mishra moved to Mashobra, a Himalayan village, where he began to contribute literary essays and reviews to The Indian Review of Books, The India Magazine, and the newspaper The Pioneer. His first book, Butter Chicken in Ludhiana: Travels in Small Town India (1995), was a travelogue that described the social and cultural changes in India in the context of globalization. His novel The Romantics (2000), an ironic tale of people longing for fulfillment in cultures other than their own, was published in 11 European languages and won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum award for first fiction. His book An End to Suffering: The Buddha in the World (2004) mixes memoir, history, and philosophy while attempting to explore the Buddha's relevance to contemporary times. Temptations of the West: How to be Modern in India, Pakistan and Beyond (2006), describes Mishra's travels through Kashmir, Bollywood, Afghanistan, Tibet, Nepal, and other parts of South and Central Asia.
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