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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Rajeev Balasubramanyam

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Vintage
03 September 2019
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
'I loved this beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny' MARIAN KEYES Professor Chandra is about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

In the moments after the bicycle accident, Professor Chandra begins to reassess his life, his career and his relationship with his three children.

He's just missed out on the Nobel Prize (again). All this work. All this stress. It's killing him.

Professor Chandra needs to take a break, and reluctantly agrees to visit a Californian retreat, to follow his bliss.

And so he must try to crack the most complex problem of all- the secret to his own happiness
By:   Rajeev Balasubramanyam
Imprint:   Vintage
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   202g
ISBN:   9781784708818
ISBN 10:   178470881X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   03 September 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Rajeev Balasubramanyam was born in Lancashire and studied at Oxford, Cambridge and Lancaster universities. He is the prize-winning author of In Beautiful Disguises. He has lived in London, Manchester, a remote Suffolk beach, Kathmandu and Hong Kong, where he was a Research Scholar in the Society of Scholars at Hong Kong University. He was a fellow of the Hemera Foundation, for writers with a meditation practice, and has been writer-in-residence at Crestone Zen Mountain Center and the Zen Center of New York City. His journalism and short fiction have appeared in the Washington Post, The Economist, the New Statesman, London Review of Books, Paris Review, McSweeney's and many others. He currently lives and works in Berlin.

Reviews for Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss

Balances satire and self-enlightenment... a surprisingly soulful family tale that echoes Jonathan Franzen's Corrections in its witty exploration of three children trying to free themselves from the influence of their parents -- Ben East * Observer * Rajeev Balasubramanyam gently pokes fun at the modern fondness for positivity, but tells a disarmingly positive story... The writing is elegant and witty and the comedy is always underpinned with humanity; a life without bliss is no life, and the gradual dawning of Chandra's self-awareness is genuinely uplifting -- Kate Saunders * The Times * This brilliant and eloquent novel, which puts into words so many unutterable annoyances, is a sort of Zen satire in which tolerance and understanding mingle with hilarious criticism of contemporary mores. It's a wonderful read -- Wendy Holden * Daily Mail * Chandra is a delightful creation: peevish, intolerant, intellectually exacting, unwittingly eccentric, nerdy, needy let lovable. The book, like its picaresque hero, is a one-off -- Patricia Nicol * Sunday Times * I loved this beautiful beautiful book. It's tender and compassionate, written with exquisite care and verve, and so so SO funny -- Marian Keyes


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