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The Indian Clerk
by David Leavitt


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Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, "The Indian Clerk" takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Based on the remarkable true story of G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan, and populated with such luminaries such as D. H. Lawrence, Bertrand Russell, and Ludwig Wittgenstein, "The Indian Clerk" takes this extraordinary slice of history and transforms it into an emotional and spellbinding story about the fragility of human connection and our need to find order in the world. A literary masterpiece, it appeared on four bestseller lists, including the "Los Angeles Times," and received dazzling reviews from every major publication in the country.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596910416
  • ISBN-10: 1596910410
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Publish Date: September 2008
  • Page Count: 485
  • Dimensions: 8.64 x 6.68 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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The Indian Clerk

Leavitt's 12th book is an ambitious historical novel that explores the remarkable bond between two mathematicians in the early 1900s. When Srinivasa Ramanujan, an accounts clerk in Madras, sends a letter containing number theorems to G.H. Hardy, a mathematician at Cambridge, Hardy sees genius in the calculations and invites Ramanujan to England to collaborate. Enlisting a don named Eric Neville and his wife, Alice, to go to India and assist Ramanujan in his travels, Hardy, an introverted scholar and secret homosexual, awaits the young man's arrival. As World War I erupts, Alice and Eric embark on their journey, which is marked by Alice's change of heart toward her husband, and Ramanujan's poor health, all of which make traveling a trial. Fleshing out the narrative is a series of Harvard lectures given by Hardy in 1936, some of them fictional, some of them actual. Once in England, Ramanujan makes a name for himself in the field of mathematics, a topic Leavitt writes about with complete authority and assurance. He paints a vivid portrait of life at Cambridge among the intellectual elite during a time of great ferment, recreating D.H. Lawrence's stop there in 1915. Exploring the clandestine world of homosexuality in an era of rigid morality, Leavitt delivers a compassionate account of Hardy's life. This is a spirited and intelligent recreation of a fascinating chapter in British history.

 
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