Harpercollins India Publishers Ltd.

Publication Year 2011

ISBN 9789350290606

ISBN-10 935029060X


Number of Pages 360 Pages
Language (English)


Solo? recounts the life and daydreams of a reclusive one- hundred-year-old man from Bulgaria. Before the man lost his sight, he read this story in a magazine: a group of explorers came upon a community of parrots speaking the language of a society that had been wiped out in a recent catastrophe. Astonished by their discovery, they put the parrots in cages and sent them home so that linguists could record what remained of the lost language. But the parrots, already traumatised by the devastation they had recently witnessed, died on the way. Wondering if, unlike the hapless parrots, he has any wisdom to leave to the world, Ulrich embarks on an epic armchair journey through a century of violent politics, forbidden music, lost love and failed chemistry, finding his way eventually to an astonishing epiphany of tenderness and enlightenment. About the Author Rana Dasgupta was born in 1971, and grew up in Cambridge. He worked for a marketing consultancy in London and New York for a few years before moving to Delhi to write his first novel, ?Tokyo Cancelled?, a thirteen-part story cycle, was published in 2005 to widespread acclaim and has been translated into nine languages and was shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He lives in Delhi.