A breathtaking new collection of poetry from Vikram Seth, author of A SUITABLE BOY and 'the best writer of his generation' (THE TIMES)
'I have so carefully mapped the corners of my mind
That I am forever waking in a lost country...'
SUMMER REQUIEM traces the immutable shifting of the seasons, the relentless rhythms of a great world that both 'gifts and harms'. Luminous, resonant and profound, these poems trace the dying days of summer, 'the hour of rust', when memory is haunted by loss and decay. But in the silence that follows, as the soul is cast adrift, there is also reconciliation with the transience of all things; the knowledge that there is a place, 'changeable, that will not betray'.
Impressive . . . quietly affecting - TELEGRAPH
The language has a remarkably direct, almost naive fullness of rhythm and rhyme ... extraordinary - GUARDIAN on The Rivered Earth
A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel ... It is hard to believe that Seth is only one man - EVENING STANDARD
Such writing reminds us that there are secrets beyond technique, beyond style, which have to do with a quality of soul on the part of the writer, a giving of oneself - GUARDIAN on A Suitable Boy
A rich poetic experience - INDEPENDENT on The Rivered Earth
A rich poetic experience - Independent on THE RIVERED EARTH
The language has a remarkably direct, almost naive fullness of rhythm and rhyme . . . extraordinary - GUARDIAN on THE RIVERED EARTH
A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel ...It is hard to believe that Seth is only one man - EVENING STANDARD
A SUITABLE BOY may prove to be the most fecund as well as the most prodigious work of the latter half of this century - perhaps even the book to restore the serious reading public's faith in the contemporary novel ... You should make time for it. It will keep you company for the rest of your life - THE TIMES
Vikram Seth was born in 1952. He trained as an economist and has lived for several years each in England, California, China and India. He is the author of A Suitable Boy, which was an international number one bestseller, An Equal Music and several other novels. He has also written seven volumes of poetry including Beastly Tales and Summer Requiem.