The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt
A Novel

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Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, The Indian Clerk takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world. A literary masterpiece, it appeared on four bestseller lists, including the Los Angeles Times, and received dazzling reviews from every major publication in the country.
 

About David Leavitt

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David Leavitt is the author of several novels (most recently, The Body of Jonah Boyd) and story collections. He teaches creative writing at the University of Florida, Gainesville, where he lives.
 
Published August 10, 2010 by Bloomsbury USA. 500 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Inferring from its content that the letter writer, Srinivasa Ramanujan, may be on the way to proving “the Riemann Hypothesis” (a paradoxical theory regarding the integrity and interrelatedness of prime numbers), Hardy arranges to bring Ramanujan to Cambridge, and thereafter becomes de facto mento...

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David Leavitt explores class in a historical novel about the English mathematician G. H. Hardy and a poor clerk working in a colonial office in Madras.

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The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop With Keynes chattering on about cocks in one corner and Strachey mo...

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The Guardian

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The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop In 1913, the eminent mathematician GH Hardy received a grubby, unsolicited envelope covered in forei...

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The Guardian

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It is Hardy who receives the original letter from Madras and who, with his colleague Littlewood, makes arrangements for Ramanujan's arrival and is (directly or indirectly) responsible for the shower of honours - FRS, fellow of Trinity - that descends on the prodigy's meek and preternaturally sile...

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Meanwhile, Hardy, a reclusive scholar and closeted homosexual, narrates a second story line cast as a series of 1936 Harvard lectures, some of them imagined.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

The standards used to assess a new work of fiction's success -- pacing, immediacy of characterization, shapeliness of plot -- often avoid the deeper character of the novel at hand, to say nothing of the pleasures peculiar to the novel form: chief among them is the immersion in a world of apprehen...

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Historical Novel Society

In spite of Ramanujan’s lack of formal education, the tidbits of the work he sends make Hardy believe the Indian is a genius.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Hardy, the foremost mathematician in early 20th-century England, a document that works out an important mathematical theorem, Hardy invites him over from India to work with him at Cambridge.

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