Born in Pittsburgh, educated at Yale, David Leavitt has been grouped with the likes of Edmund White as a writer who has “made art out of previously repressed and unnarrated areas of homoerotic experience.” He is also drawn to history. The Indian Clerk takes place in the early 20th century, and revolves around the relationship between the brilliant mathematicians G. H. Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan. “Mathematics and its paradoxes provide a deep vein of metaphor that Leavitt uses to superb effect, demonstrating how the most meaningful relationships can defy both logic and imagination,” said The New Yorker.
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