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SOLO (Signed First Edition)

Rana Dasgupta

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ISBN 10: 0547397089 / ISBN 13: 9780547397085
Published by Houghtn Mifflin Harcourt, 2011
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New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. First edition. Hardbound. New/New. A pristine unread copy. Shipped in well padded box. SIGNED BY AUTHOR on title page and dated in month of publication, March 2011, and "placed" (Cambridge, Mass.). Rave review by James Wood in THE NEW YORKER, March 21, 2011. Bookseller Inventory # 1209-127

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Title: SOLO (Signed First Edition)

Publisher: Houghtn Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition....

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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 imagined, Solo is a virtuoso work.

“Utterly unforgettable in its humanity.” —The Guardian

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Solo is a wonder an exploration of memory, a window on a country and region mysterious to the West even in the twentieth century, a keen study of human love and failure. Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian
With imaginative audacity and lyrical brilliance, Rana Dasgupta paints a portrait of a century through the story of a hundred-year-old blind Bulgarian man in this remarkable and dazzling debut novel.
In the first movement of Solo we meet Ulrich, the son of a railroad engineer. His passion for chemistry leads him to Berlin, but his studies are cut short when 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, Solo is a virtuoso work.
A novel utterly refreshing in its blunt acknowledgment that thoroughgoing realism involves escaping reality as much as constructing it . . . What makes Mr. Dasgupta s adventurous storytelling especially rewarding is the way he carefully integrates tiny details from Ulrich s drab life into his fantasy, transfiguring them like hay spun into gold . . . Invigorating. Wall Street Journal
Rana Dasgupta was born in England. His debut collection, Tokyo Cancelled, was short-listed for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize; he won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Solo. Having lived in France, Malaysia, and the United States, he now makes his home in Delhi.

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