Solo by Rana Dasgupta

January 23, 2010

I’ve just started reading this novel about the life and daydreams of Ulrich, a one hundred-year old man from Bulgaria.

Described on the book jacket as “set in a country that has belonged sometimes to Asia and sometimes to Europe, Solo is a book about lost roots, broken traditions and wasted ambitions – and the ways human beings overcome these failures”.

I’m hoping it will not be too sad.

The author’s website is very intriguing though and I don’t know why or how he chose to write about Bulgaria.