Vikram Seth's previous books include three poetry collections, a libretto, the travel memoir From Heaven Lake: Travels Through Sinkiang and Tibet, and two novels, The Golden Gate (a novel in verse) and A Suitable Boy. Born in Calcutta, Seth has lived in China, California, England, and India.
"At once a bittersweet love story, a wickedly funny novel of manners and an unsentimental meditation on mortality and the nuclear abyss. Always witty--and still profound--the book paints a truthful picture of our dreadful, comic times." --Vanity Fair
"A splendid achievement, equally convincing in its exhilaration and its sadness." --The New York Times
"The great California novel has been written in verse (and why not?): The Golden Gate gives great joy." --Gore Vidal