Mirrored Mind

Mirrored Mind

My Life In Letters And Code


Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as longas he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary book he returns to hisearly days as a writer, when he was beginning Red Earth and PouringRain, and looks at the connections between these two worlds of artand technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style just aswriters are but do the words mean the same thing to both? And is it acoincidence that Chandra is drawn to two seemingly opposing ways ofthinking? To answer his questions, Chandra delves into the writings ofAbhinavagupta, the tenth- and eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker, andcreates an idiosyncratic history of coding. Part literary theory, part techstory and part memoir, Mirrored Mind is a book of sweeping ideas. It is aheady and utterly original work.


272 Pages | ISBN13 9780670086979
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Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra
Vikram Chandra's first novel, Red Earth and Pouring Rain, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book and the David Higham Prize. His collection of short stories, Love and Longing in Bombay, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book (Eurasia Region). Sacred Games was awarded the Hutch Crossword Award for English Fiction and the Salon Book Award. His latest book is Mirrored Mind: My Life in Letters and Code, a non-fiction New York Times Editor's Choice selection. Chandra is a recipient of the Guggenheim fellowship, and his work has been translated into nineteen languages.
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