Two Lives (Paperback)
|Author: Vikram Seth|
|The author relates the story of his relationship with his uncle Shanti Behari Seth, who was sent to Germany as a young man in the 1930s to study medicine and dentistry, and Shantis wife, Helga Gerda Caro, a Jewish German. *Author: Seth, Vikram *Publication Date: 2006/06/01 *Number of Pages: 503 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00|
Born in Calcutta, the son of a shoe executive and a judge, Vikram Seth, oldest of three, has a Buddhist brother and a sister in the Austrian diplomatic service. He studied at Oxford (earning degrees in philosophy and economics), and then at Stanford (1977-78), where he intended to continue in economics but ended up a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing. For two years after Stanford, he studied Chinese poetry and languages at Nanjing University. During all these years, he wrote poetry, and also began to write novels, and began publishing both in the 1980s. His tour de force, THE GOLDEN GATE, set in San Francisco, combines both his passions: it is a novel composed entirely of 690 rhyming tetrameter sonnets. This was followed by his 1300-page novel, A SUITABLE BOY. In 1992, Seth was commissioned by the English National Opera to write a libretto based on the Greek legend of Arion; the work was also made into a picture book for children and an animated video.