Solo by Rana Dasgupta

Rana Dasgupta’s second novel (Tokyo Revisited was his first), Solo, won the 2010 Commonwealth Prize for Best novel last April.  The cover shown is the UK by Fourth Estate.  There is also an Indian edition published in New Delhi by HarperCollins. The US book will be released by Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt in February.  All are hardcover books.  I do not know whether the UK or Indian is the true first edition.

There were about 50 books in the shortlists which were in four different regions of the world.  Overall prizes were presented for Best Novel and Best First Novel.  The Best First Novel was won by Glenda Guest from Australia for Siddon Rock (a paperback original).

The release of the US book should give the author more recognition next year.  The UK books are $25 unsigned and $50 to $75 signed (before shipping) on ABE.  The HarperCollins edition is $10 without shipping.

Solo is an epic tale of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries told from the perspective of a one hundred-year old Bulgarian man (source:

We have a current rating of 49 for the book.

Mr. Dasgupta was born in Canterbury, England and grew up in Cambridge.  He studied at Balliol College, Oxford and also in France and the United States.  He now lives in Delhi, India.

I don’t know if I will buy this book but would definitely try to buy an inexpensive Fourth Estate or HarperCollins edition if I did.  The author is still young and has an outstanding accomplishment winning the Commonwealth Best Novel Prize.

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