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Mirrored Mind

Mirrored Mind

My Life In Letters And Code

Vikram Chandra
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Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long
as he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary book he returns to his
early days as a writer, when he was beginning Red Earth and Pouring
Rain, and looks at the connections between these two worlds of art
and technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style just as
writers are but do the words mean the same thing to both? And is it a
coincidence that Chandra is drawn to two seemingly opposing ways of
thinking? To answer his questions, Chandra delves into the writings of
Abhinavagupta, the tenth- and eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker, and
creates an idiosyncratic history of coding. Part literary theory, part tech
story and part memoir, Mirrored Mind is a book of sweeping ideas. It is a
heady and utterly original work.

Imprint: India Hamish Hamilton

Published: Nov/2013

ISBN: 9780670086979

Length : 272 Pages

MRP : ₹499.00

Mirrored Mind

My Life In Letters And Code

Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long
as he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary book he returns to his
early days as a writer, when he was beginning Red Earth and Pouring
Rain, and looks at the connections between these two worlds of art
and technology. Coders are obsessed with elegance and style just as
writers are but do the words mean the same thing to both? And is it a
coincidence that Chandra is drawn to two seemingly opposing ways of
thinking? To answer his questions, Chandra delves into the writings of
Abhinavagupta, the tenth- and eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker, and
creates an idiosyncratic history of coding. Part literary theory, part tech
story and part memoir, Mirrored Mind is a book of sweeping ideas. It is a
heady and utterly original work.

Buying Options
Paperback / Hardback
Ebooks

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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