The Golden Gate (1986) is poet and novelist Vikram Seth's first novel. The work is a novel in verse composed of 690 Onegin stanzas (sonnets written in iambic tetrameter, with the rhyme scheme following the unusual ababccddeffegg pattern of Eugene Onegin). It was inspired by Charles Johnston's translation of Pushkin's 1833 Russian classic, Eugene Onegin.
Set in the 1980s, The Golden Gate follows the lives of a group of yuppies in San Francisco. Seth based the work on his experiences as a graduate student in Economics at Stanford University ; portions of it make reference to the Printers Inc. Bookstore and Cafe in Palo Alto, California (sections 8.13 and 8.14).
POETRY; Noir and blues; The author of "Jelly's Blues" blends 1940s film noir, poetry and his own genius in the intriguing detective novel-in-verse "Black Maria.".(ENTERTAINMENT)(Book Review)
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