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Vikram Seth's prose fiction debut, A Suitable Boy, sold over one million copies worldwide despite the fact that at 1,349 pages long, it holds the distinction of being the longest single volume ever published in the English language.
Vikram Seth was born in India and educated there and in England, California, and China. He has written acclaimed books in several genres: verse novel, The Golden Gate; travel book, From Heaven Lake; animal fables, Beastly Tales; epic novel, A Suitable Boy. His most recent novel, An Equal Music, was published in 1999.
Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.
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Some interesting outtakes from our interview with Seth:
"I used to like swimming in the Serpentine, even in the snow, but lately I've chickened out."
"I enjoy Chinese calligraphy, which I have been studying for years."
"On the whole, I'm quite lazy, and like watching Columbo or reading detective stories."