Drawing on a range of personal experience and literary influences, and mixing translation and original creation, The Rivered Earth consists of four libretti written by Vikram Seth to be set to music by Alec Roth - together with an account of the pleasures and pains of working with a composer.
Entitled Songs in Time of War, Shared Ground, The Traveller and Seven Elements, the libretti take us all over the world - from Chinese and Indian poetry, to the beauty and quietness of the Wiltshire rectory where English poet George Herbert lived and died.
Spanning centuries of creativity and humanity, the poems that form these libretti pulse with life, energy and inspired brilliance.
They are accompanied by four pieces of calligraphy by the author.
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Equally gifted as a poet, essayist, memoirist, travel writer and novelist, Vikram Seth is perhaps best known for A Suitable Boy, one of the best loved and most widely-read and indeed longest novels of recent times. His other books include An Equal Music, The Golden Gate and Two Lives. He is currently working on a sequel to the novel, entitled A Suitable Girl, to be published by Hamish Hamilton Canada in 2014.Review:
Such writing reminds us that there are secrets beyond technique, beyond style, which have to do with a quality of soul on the part of the writier, a giving of oneself Guardian A phenomenon, a prodigy, a marvel ... It is hard to believe that Seth is only one man Evening Standard
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