Red Earth and Pouring Rain

Vikram Chandra

Red Earth and Pouring Rain is Vikram Chandra’s stunning first book, ‘One of the finest Indian novels of the decade.’ (Shashi Tharoor)

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An epic tale of nineteenth-century India – of Sanjay, a poet, and Sikander, a warrior; of hoofbeats thundering through the streets of Calcutta; of great wars and love affairs and a city gone mad with poetry. Woven into it are the adventures of a young Indian criss-crossing America in a car with his friends.

‘A dazzling first novel . . . Not merely drawing on myth but making it.’ Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Sunday Times

‘Marvellous and compelling.’ Charles Palliser

‘A brilliant novel of wondrous conjuring and stunning import.’ John Hawkes

‘One of the finest Indian novels of the decade.’ Shashi Tharoor


Born in New Delhi, India, in 1961, Vikram Chandra now divides his time between Bombay and Washington D.C., where he teaches at George Washington University. He is a graduate of Pomona College, Los Angeles and Columbia University Film School in New York. His stories have appeared in the New Yorker and the Paris Review. His debut novel, Red Earth and…

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