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Definition: Seth, Vikram from Philip's Encyclopedia

Indian novelist. He came to attention with his award-winning 1983 travelogue, From Heaven Lake. His epic A Suitable Boy (1993) is one of the longest novels in English. Other novels include An Equal Music (1999).

Summary Article: Seth, Vikram
from Chambers Biographical Dictionary


♦ Indian poet, novelist and travel writer

He was born in Calcutta and educated at universities in England, the USA and China. His first poetry collection was Mappings (1980). A travel book, From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet, appeared in 1983. His first novel, The Golden Gate (1986), was written in verse and describes the lives of the contemporary Californian professional classes. His next novel was even more ambitious. At over 1,300 pages, A Suitable Boy (1993) is one of the longest single-volume novels in English. Set in post-independence India, it is a love story which encompasses a large number of characters and attempts a comprehensive portrait of Indian social, political and cultural life. The novel An Equal Music was published in 1999, and Two Lives, a memoir of his great-uncle and great-aunt, in 2005. He was awarded an honorary CBE in 2001.

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