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The Romantics


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Pankaj Mishra's books include The Romantics, which won the LA Times' Art Seidenbaum Award for fiction, Age of Anger and From the Ruins of Empire. He contributes political and literary essays to the Guardian, the London Review of Books, the New York Review of Books and the New Yorker. A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he lives in London.


The Romantics looks to Flaubert's Sentimental Education, to E.M. Forster, to Turgenev. But it is the product of a distinctive and sharp intelligence -- Hilary Mantel
A sensitive and introspective novel . . . a meditation on hope and failure. Mishra's evocations of Indian landscape and customs are vivid and thoughtful; his prose clean and unhampered and his descriptive passages to be savoured * Guardian *
Contemporary India is brought to vigorous, thrumming life in the pages of The Romantics * Sunday Times *
If you buy one literary novel this year, make sure it's this -- Amanda Craig * The Times *
This bright new star is the real thing -- David Robson * Sunday Telegraph *
[A]n intriguing combination of casual grace and emotional intensity, peppered with discreet social comment on caste, class, sectarian strife, the state of the nation . . . a charming debut * The Independent *
A work of art, a first novel of the highest achievement...a writer whose work will last. Read it and find yourself at the source of something great -- Candia McWilliam * Financial Times *
A first novel of astonishing maturity * Daily Telegraph *
[An] extraordinary debut novel . . . a supernova * The Washington Post *
Mishra's lyrical descriptions . . . and the depth of culture the region offers, is a haunting reminder of India's power to bewitch * Time Out *
Grip[s] the reader as artfully and as compellingly as the first page of A Passage to India * The New York Review of Books *
If much of cosmopolitan Indian writing has valorized the immigrant and the foreign land, then The Romantics is a celebration of the home and its forgotten world -- Amitava Kumar * The Nation *
A voice that fuses the lapidary precision of Flaubert with the meditative lyricism of Waugh's Brideshead Revisited, a voice that's alternately wry and ruminative, meticulous and expansive -- Michiko Kakutani * New York Times *
Many treasures in this brilliant novel -- Elizabeth Hardwick
Pankaj Mishra writes the most perfect prose of any Indian novelist of his generation -- William Dalrymple
Mishra's eye is sharp, his prose flawless * Time *
[A] surprisingly assured, provocatively balanced meditation on the familiar culture flash * Boston Globe *
A truly ambitious attempt to compare the way people in the East and the West dream . . . Delicate and subtly tantalising in the way only a book can really be * Vogue *
It is almost as if when everyone is flashing De Beers diamonds, Mishra traps the quiet luminescence of the moonstone in his theme and style * The Hindu *
Mishra's writing has a lovely potency . . . subtly layered and compelling * Times Literary Supplement *
Impressive . . . The Romantics turns its back on the exotic richness and the "teeming" panoramic quality which we readily assume to be expressive of Indianness itself * Sydney Morning Herald *
A first novel whose achievement is something that most writers could be proud of at any stage in their careers * Vancouver Sun *

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