Vikram Seth

Vikram Seth is an Indian novelist and poet, best known for A Suitable Boy and An Equal Music.

Educated both in India and England, Seth published his first collection of poetry in 1980. He has penned seven subsequent volumes of poetry including Summer Requiem and The Rivered Earth, and his debut novel, 1986’s The Golden Gate, was written in verse.

It was A Suitable Boy, published in 1993, that made Seth a household name; at 1,349 pages the epic narrative of arranged marriage in post-partition India is one of the longest novels ever published in one volume. A television adaptation aired in 2020. Seth’s third novel, An Equal Music, was published to great acclaim in 1999, and six years later he produced an engrossing dual biography of his uncle and aunt called Two Lives.

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Seth’s magnum opus seamlessly blends the intensely intimate with the audaciously panoramic as the quest to find Lata a ‘suitable’ husband collides with a widescreen retelling of a nascent Indian state in the first faltering years of independence. A Suitable Boy stands as an example of the seemingly impossible: an extremely long book without a single wasted sentence.

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Novels by Vikram Seth

The Golden Gate
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A Suitable Boy
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A Suitable Boy
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Poetry by Vikram Seth

Summer Requiem
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The Rivered Earth
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Collected Poems
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Non-fiction by Vikram Seth

Two Lives
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