WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
‘If you buy one literary novel this year, make sure it’s this’ THE TIMES
‘The Romantics looks to Flaubert’s Sentimental Education, to E.M. Forster, to Turgenev. But it is the product of a distinctive and sharp intelligence’ HILARY MANTEL ‘Grips the reader as artfully and as compellingly as the first page of A Passage to India’ THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF BOOKSWINNER OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION1989.
In the holy city of Varanasi, 19-year-old Samar rents a room to avoid a small-town job and lose himself in reading about worlds outside of India. But when he is thrust into local a circle of privileged European and American expats, led by the charismatic Miss West, Samar will soon face his own silent desires and crumbling beliefs. ‘A work of art’ Financial Times’A supernova’ The Washington Post’A charming debut’ The Independent