The Guru of Love (2003) "My personal problems are my country's problems. My history is this forsaken country's history." In Samrat Upadhyay's minimally embellished debut novel, The Guru of Love… 2003-01-31 Fiction Houghton Mifflin
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The Guru of Love (2003)

The Guru of Love | MODERN 'LOVE' ''Guru'' touches on contemporary issues, but with historical context
MODERN 'LOVE' ''Guru'' touches on contemporary issues, but with historical context

Details Release Date: Jan 31, 2003; Writer: Samrat Upadhyay; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Houghton Mifflin

''My personal problems are my country's problems. My history is this forsaken country's history.'' In Samrat Upadhyay's minimally embellished debut novel, The Guru of Love, the story of a married Nepali math tutor in love with his student, is poignantly linked to the unstable political climate of Nepal, a country torn between tradition and modernism. Touching on such themes as infidelity, class snobbery, teenage rebellion, and in-law warfare, ''Guru of Love'' may sound like a modern-day soap opera, but it reads like a graceful, page-turning mixture of stirring romance and social commentary.

Originally posted Feb 12, 2003 Published in issue #695 Feb 14, 2003 Order article reprints