The box set includes the following 7 titles :
1) Golden Gate
The great California novel has been written, in verse (and why not?): The Golden Gate gives great joy' —Gore Vidal
'A new star in the literary firmament … it outshines in brilliance anything that I have seen in half-a-century of star-spotting … Seth has the stuff that Nobel laureates are made of' —Khushwant Singh, Illustrated Weekly of India
'A tour de force of rhyme and reasonableness. The Golden Gate doesn't only compellingly advocate life's pleasures, it stylishly contributes another one to them' — Sunday Times , London
'Seth is the most astute and sharp-tongued social critic to arrive on the scene since Jonathan Swift' — India Today
'A thing of anomalous beauty … Seth writes poetry as it has not been written for a century' — Washington Post Book World
2) Three Chinese Poets
The poets translated here—Wang Wei, Li Bai and Du Fu—are among the greatest literary figures of China, or indeed the world. Responding differently to their common times, these three poets of a single generation crystallize the immense variety of China and the Chinese poetic tradition and, across a distance of twelve hundred years, move the reader as it is rare for every poetry to do.
3) Humble Administrator's Garden
In this second collection of poems Vikram Seth reflects on three cultures he knows well: India, California and China. The poet Donald Davie writes: 'Vikram Seth's poems should have an impact far beyond much noisier pieces; for when did we last see a volume in which the poet's eye is on what is objectively before him, rather than on the intricacies of his own sensibility?'
4) Beastly Tales From Here & There
Of the ten fables told here, two come from India, two from China, two from Greece, two from the Ukraine, and two, as the author puts it, ‘came directly to me from the land of Gup.’ This is a book that displays the astonishing versatility of the poet who gave us The Golden Gate and All You Who Sleep Tonight. The flair and delight of Beastly Tales from Here and There is proof that Vikram Seth can try on the most unusual clothes without in the least losing his unique poetic identity.
In this new edition of Mappings , Vikram Seth's first book of poems and one that has long been out of print, the reader is introduced to work written in the author's twenties, when he was a student in England and later, California. More immediate if less polished than his later work, these poems enchant and impress with their classical learning, wit, perceptiveness and lyricism—all facets of Vikram Seth's now celebrated poetic achievement.
6) Arion And The Dolphin
Arion and the Dolphin is an opera in nine scenes for professionals and community performers. The libretto is by Vikram Seth and the music is composed by Alec Roth.
Recounted with Seth's inimitable charm, it is the story of Arion, a young musician at the court of Periander in Corinth. Thrown overboard on his return from a musical contest in Sicily, Arion is saved and befriended by a dolphin. Written for amateurs and professionals, this is a story which will appeal to young and old.
7) All You Who Sleep Tonight
In this collection of poems, his first book since The Golden Gate, the best-selling novel in verse, Vikram Seth's marvellous facility with language is once again displayed to full effect. But beyond this, he demonstrates a new range, perhaps best exemplified in the second section 'In Other Voices', where he relives the experience of others—a Nazi concentration camp commandant, the poet Ghalib, a doctor in Hiroshima on the day the atom bomb fell—in poetry rich in implication and concrete detail.
- Publisher: Penguin Books India
- Published: 24/10/2005
- Language: English
- ISBN: 9780670058617
- Category: Juvenile Fiction
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