The Immortals tells the story of two families bound by music. Shyamji is the son of the acclaimed classical singer Ram Lal. But Shyam Lal is not his father – and knows he never will be. His student, Mallika Sengupta, is a talented singer who has never pushed herself while her son Nirmalya, also Shyamji’s student, believes in suffering for his art and judges Shyam Lal for selling out. Written in haunting, melodic prose, The Immortals is an acutely observed and lyrical novel about the place of art in the modern world.
“A command performance. Even in the context of contemporary Indian writing in English, much of which is outstanding, Chaudhuri is the best . . . yet again he has shown that his fiction, which draws on themes of family and time, is as real as it is beautiful” Eileen Battersby, Irish Times
“A masterwork . . . Seldom has any contemporary author invested such detail in descriptions of place, behavior, and physicality. Chaudhuri is astonishingly precise” San Francisco Chronicle
“In the gloriously crowded world of modern Indian fiction, Amit Chaudhuri stands out as a master craftsman who, with exquisite wit and grace, can depict a rapidly changing India in a single life and an entire life in a single detail” Boston Globe
“Amit Chaudhuri is a marvellous miniaturist of prose, bearing aloft an Austenian legacy, inscribing languorous soliloquies on little bits of ivory” India Today