Le due vite narrate sono quelle del prozio dell'autore, Shanti Behari Seth, e di sua moglie Henny Caro. Per alleviare la solitudine in cui precipita Shanti dopo la morte della moglie, avvenuta nel 1989, la madre di Vikram Seth propone al figlio di "intervistarlo", e durante alcuni mesi di conversazioni l'autore prende appunti per scrivere un libro su di lui. Saranno poi le lettere di Henny, scoperte per caso dal padre di Seth in un baule, a far nascere il progetto del libro, un affresco che spazia dall'India d'inizio secolo - quella dell'infanzia di Shanti - fino all'Inghilterra degli anni 70, quelli vissuti da Vikram con gli zii come ospite nella loro casa londinese.
- ISBN: 883042157X
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 552
- Data di uscita: 07-09-2006
'Two Lives' is an amazing book. It takes you into different worlds and lives. It is a story of author' Uncle Shanti who came to Germany from India to study dentistry, not knowing that he would live his entire life abroad. His whole journey was extraordinary. However, the author was least aware of th Leggi tutto
Part memoir, part dual biography, part history and social commentary, this is a book to cherish. The author excavates the lives and loves of an uncle and his wife, puts them in the context of the times and events in which they existed, and reflects on the meaning of country, family, marriage, genoci Leggi tutto
A sweeping overview of this enormous project taken up by the author can be succinctly provided through his own words: It is true that centuries are arbitrary units - determined, among other things, by the miscalculated date of birth of the founder of a religion and the number of fingers on our hands Leggi tutto
While Two Lives is, on the surface, a double biography, perhaps it is more an intensely personal journey for Vikram Seth-an opportunity to explore the many sides of his uncle, Shanti, and his aunt, Henny, two people who loved and cared for him and were fixed points in his own firmament for most of h Leggi tutto
This was a completely fascinating read because it told the story of a German Jewish woman, whose mother and sister were killed by the Nazis, but any resemblance to the 'usual' story ends there. She escapes to London, marries an Indian, but what is most interesting is that she maintains her relations Leggi tutto
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