The Solitude of Emperors

The Solitude of Emperors

Book - 2007
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Set during the 1992 Bombay riots, The Solitude of Emperors deals with the rise of fundamentalism and its clash with contemporary society. Timely, topical, modern and fresh - The antidote to the 'Indian' novel. 'An impassioned plea for tolerance in a country rife with competing interests, this marvelous new novel by David Davidar follows a young man's heroic love for his country. While it draws on the wisdom of past thinkers to recast a vision of tolerance for the present, it holds to an emotional core of idealism and the compelling rhythm of youth.Unflinching. Unsentimental. Deeply Moving. I loved it.' Kiran Desai
Publisher: London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2007.
ISBN: 9780297852858
Branch Call Number: FIC DAVI
Characteristics: 246 p. ; 24 cm.

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Feb 16, 2009

A book that vividly describes the social and political unrest between religious groups in India. With the voice of a reserved, ambitious narrator the story is skilfully written to lead towards the climax, where the main character departs on a relaxing holiday and returns changed forever. Society's hypocrisy, the impossibility of predicting the future, and the duality of people's personalities are main themes in this novel. If you are interested in philosophy and the mysterious depths of the human psyche, this book is definitely a good read for you.

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