With an imaginative audacity and lyrical brilliance that puts him in the company of David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon, Rana Dasgupta paints a portrait of a century though the story of a hundred-year-old blind Bulgarian man in a first novel that announces the arrival of an exhilarating new voice in fiction. In the first movement of "Solo" we meet Ulrich, the son of a railroad engineer, who has two great passions: the violin and chemistry. Denied the first by his father, he leaves for the Berlin of Einstein and Fritz Haber to study the latter. His studies are cut short when his father's fortune evaporates, and he must return to Sofia to look after his parents. He never leaves Bulgaria again. Except in his daydreams--and it is those dreams we enter in the volatile second half of the book. In a radical leap from past to present, from life lived to life imagined, Dasgupta follows Ulrich's fantasy children, born of communism but making their way into a post-communist world of celebrity and violence. Intertwining science and heartbreak, the old world and the new, the real and the imagined, "Solo" is a virtuoso work.
Rana Das Gupta has contributed to Solo as an author.Rana Dasgupta was born in Caterbury in 1971. His first book, Tokyo Cancelled (2005), was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and praised by Alan Cheuse in the "San Francisco Chronicle" as "brilliantly conceived." Visit his website at www.ranadasgupta.com.
|Author:||Rana Das Gupta|
|Number of Pages:||352|
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