The Romantics

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Pan Macmillan, Oct 12, 2011 - Fiction - 206 pages

Set in contemporary India, The Romantics tells the story of Samar, a young man who goes to live in Benares to avoid a small-town job and to lose himself in reading and a world beyond himself. But soon the realities of the bustling holy city begin to intrude as Samar is introduced to a world of Europeans, of modern India and of disappointed love.

‘If you buy one literary novel this year, make sure it’s this’ Amanda Craig, The Times, Summer Books

‘This bright new star is the real thing’ David Robson, Sunday Telegraph

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Sumptuously written, this bildungsroman set in northern India in the 1990s has echoes of Maugham and Waugh, but is its own book and is well worth the read. Read full review


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A young Indian intellectual's disillusioning experience of the —romantic— ideas that lure Westerners to the East (and vice versa) is plaintively traced in this well-wrought first novel, a compact ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Pankaj Mishra was born in North India, in 1969. He writes for the New York Review of Books, the New Statesman, Granta , the Times Literary Supplement and the Guardian.

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