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Author Baker, Deborah, 1959- author.

Title The last Englishmen : love, war, and the end of empire / Deborah Baker.

Publication Info. Minneapolis, Minnesota : Graywolf Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    954.035 BAK    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xxiv, 358 pages ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-350) and index.
Contents part I. To live as on a mountain: The lakes ; The steamship and the spinning wheel ; Bengali Baboo ; The thrust fault ; Triangles ; The school of art -- part II. The impersonal eye: Perfect monsters ; Goddess Mother of the world ; I spy ; The Moscow agent ; In the ice mountains ; Taking a hat off a mouse ; The truth about love -- part III. The fall of the gods: Somewhere a strange and shrewd tomorrow ; The magnified earth ; A representative Indian ; An infinite ocean of sorrow ; A boy falling out of the sky ; Incompatible gods, irreconcilable differences ; Night falls.
Summary "John Auden was a pioneering geologist of the Himalaya. Michael Spender was the first to draw a detailed map of the North Face of Mount Everest. While their younger brothers--W. H. Auden and Stephen Spender--achieved literary fame, they vied to be included on an expedition that would deliver Everest's summit to an Englishman, a quest that had become a metaphor for Britain's struggle to maintain power over India. To this rivalry was added another: in the summer of 1938 both men fell in love with a painter named Nancy Sharp. Her choice would determine where each man's wartime loyalties would lie. Set in Calcutta, London, the glacier-locked wilds of the Karakoram, and on Everest itself, The Last Englishmen is also the story of a generation. The cast of this exhilarating drama includes Indian and English writers and artists, explorers and communist spies, Die Hards and Indian nationalists, political rogues and police informers. Key among them is a highborn Bengali poet named Sudhin Datta, a melancholy soul torn, like many of his generation, between hatred of the British Empire and a deep love of European literature, whose life would be upended by the arrival of war on his Calcutta doorstep"-- Publisher's description.
Subject Auden, J. B., 1903-1991.
Spender, Michael, 1907-1945.
Sharp, Nancy, 1909-2001.
Explorers -- Great Britain -- Biography.
British -- India -- Social life and customs.
British -- India -- History.
Surveyors -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Geologists -- Great Britain -- Biography.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 9781555978044 (hardcover) $28.00
1555978045 (hardcover) $28.00

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