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Farthest Field


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Raghu Karnad is an award-winning writer and journalist who lives between Bangalore and New Delhi, India. His essay detailing the origins of this book was described by Simon Schama as 'nothing short of brilliant'. 'Farthest Field' is his first book.


'Spectacular... In prose that verges at times on poetry, he writes with the imaginative gift of a first-rate novelist in order to deliver the truth. Romance and the attendant grief of loss permeate the book alongside passages that are unexpectedly moving..... Unforgettable' Daily Telegraph

'I have not lately read a finer book than this - on any subject at all. Karnad has a quite astonishing talent. He is a master of the sublime, writing poetically about a chain of battlefields he has never seen. I found myself wanting to reread almost every paragraph in a book so carefully arranged that at times the purity of its prose very nearly obscures the importance of the tragedy it is recounting. The precision is offered in equal measure to matters simple and profound ... a masterpiece' Simon Winchester, New Statesman

'From the very first page it is the brilliance of the writing that stands out. (An) imaginative power, intelligence and descriptive richness of a narrative that, again and again, startles by its originality before convincing by its utter fitness... For all the damning clarity of its political analysis, it is wonderfully generous, full of intelligence, compassion, curiosity and brilliant writing... It has the stamp of imaginative truth about it and we can ask nothing more of any kind of writing' David Crane, Spectator

'A bravura feat of literary-historical imagination... Karnad's handling of military action sets the heart racing: the chapters on the Imphal offensive of 1944 should be mandatory reading for writers of action thrillers... The writing of history intersects gloriously with several other genres in this moving, eloquent, intelligent work' Neel Mukherjee, Financial Times

'I wanted to savour his prose. That this is Karnad's first book just goes to show that well-crafted writing needs no authorial pedigree ... Karnad illuminates brilliantly the 'so much owed by so many' John Keay, Literary Review

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