We are absolutely delighted to be hosting a special appearance from Delhi-based author Rana Dasgupta this Thursday October 27th at the Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard Ouest). Rana Dasgupta will be reading from his 2010 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize-winning novel, Solo, a devastating and rapturous novel about the life and daydreams of Ulrich, a reclusive one hundred year-old man from Bulgaria.
Set in a country that has belonged sometimes to Asia and sometimes to Europe, Solo is a book about lost roots, broken traditions and wasted ambitions – and the depths of lyricism by which human beings overcome those failures. Originally published in 2009 in India, Solo was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Writer's Prize in 2010, winning both the region and best overall book prizes, and has since been garnering great critical attention internationally, including glowing features in the New Yorker and The New York Times earlier this year.
Do not miss this opportunity to hear from the brilliant young literary talent who Salman Rushdie called, "the most unexpected and original Indian writer of his generation."
"A novel of exceptional, astonishing strangeness, Solo confirms Rana Dasgupta as the most unexpected and original Indian writer of his generation." -Salman Rushdie
"Solo is mannered in its strangeness, but utterly unforgettable in its humanity. It hums the inner and outer melodies of a life lived solo, until it becomes a discordant symphony of the human condition." -Kapka Kassabova, The Guardian
"In Solo – which is ultimately a meditation on what it means to measure success, failure and time itself – Rana Dasgupta, a member of The Telegraph’s 20 Writers Under 40 to Watch list, has created a work that is both literary and compelling, a prize-worthy feat indeed." -The Globe and MailN.B. This event is T.W.B.W. (There Will Be Wine) and will take place this Tonight, Thursday, October 27th at 7pm at the Librairie (211 Bernard Ouest) in the Smile End. R.S.V.P. on Facebook here. See you later, alligator!