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The Rivered Earth contains four libretti written by Vikram Seth to be set to music by Alec Roth - together with an account of the pleasures and pains of working with a composer.
Entitled 'Songs in Time of War', 'Shared Ground', 'The Traveller' and 'Seven Elements', they take us all over the world - from Chinese and Indian poetry to the beauty and quietness of the Salisbury house where the poet George Herbert lived and died.
Spanning centuries of creativity and humanity, these poems pulse with life, energy and inspired brilliance.
They are accompanied by four pieces of calligraphy by the author.
The language has a remarkably direct, almost naive fullness of rhythm and rhyme . . . extraordinary - GUARDIAN
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 is already the best writer of his generation - THE TIMES
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 phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel ... It is hard to believe that Seth is only one man - EVENING STANDARD
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.