Vikram Seth was born in India in 1952. He studied at Oxford, Standford
and Nanjing Universities, and spent two years in China doing research on
economic demography. He is trained as an economist and has lived for several
years in the UK, California, China and India. His works include The
Golden Gate: A Novel in Verse, A Suitable Boy, From Heaven
Lake: Travels through Sinkiang and Tibet and four volumes of poetry
titled Mappings, The Humble Administrator's Garden, All You
Who Sleep Tonight and Beastly Tales From Here And There. He has
translated some Chinese poems into English in a book called Three Chinese
Poets. His most recent book is the novel An Equal Music which
hit the book market along with Rushdie' s Ground Beneath Her Feet.
Vikram Seth was paid $430,000 by
the British publishers Orion for his second novel A Suitable Boy. The
1,349 page novel is considered to be the longest novel in a single volume.
A Suitable Boy- The Sahitya Academi Award Winner
From Heaven Lake- The Thomas Cook Travel Book 1989 Award Winner
When asked how he wished to die, Vikram Seth said that he wished to
die on the 13th line of a sonnet.
FROM OTHER WRITERS:
"Vikram Seth shows absolute mastery of the English Language and
has created a unique literary alchemy."
- R.K. Narayan
A new star in the literary firmament...........................Seth
has the stuff Nobel Laureates are made of.
- Kushwant Singh
Vikram Seth is a genius.