The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun J. Tejpal

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Quick-paced and inventive, brimming with ideas and memorable characters, "The Alchemy of Desire" celebrates the chaotic spirit of India at a time of great change. It also offers, in searing, lucid prose, a deeply sensual and moving account of the complex chemistry between sex, ambition and love. This is a major novel by one of the most significant new voices of his generation. "A bold and weighty first is practically a character in its own right here, endlessly examined in all its luscious, experimental glory...A memorable and impressive debut." - "Sunday Times". "Throughout, it reveals Tejpal's eye for characterisation and description." - "Guardian". "The passion in the novel is deeply organic to the characters and the narrative. As an attempt to compel readers to look at desire without the crippling impulse of shame and hypocrisy, it works beautifully." - "Independent. "Throughout the novel, Tejpal's sensuous language produces moments of breathtaking beauty, and he displays a poet's joy in catching the feel, odour and appearance of the living world." - "Big Issue".

About Tarun J. Tejpal

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Tarun J TeJpal is the editor of the Indian national weekly Tehelka. In 2001 BusinessWeek named him among the fifty leaders at the forefront of change in Asia. He lives with his family in New Delhi.
Published December 26, 2006 by Ecco. 528 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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The Alchemy of Desire by Tarun J Tejpal 518pp, Picador, £12.99 This is the Indian novel that has been endorsed by VS Naipaul: "At last - a new and brilliantly original novel from India," he says on the dust jacket.

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Sexual attraction between a nameless narrator and his wife, Fizz, provides the through line of this sweeping epic by journalist and editor Tejpal.

Sep 18 2006 | Read Full Review of The Alchemy of Desire

India Today

and anyone who has stretched and plumbed both mind and body will tell you the body, with its many nagging needs, is the true engine of life.

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