The Guru of Love "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
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