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Vikram Chandra has been a computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist. In this extraordinary new book, his first work of nonfiction, he searches for the connections between the 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? Can we ascribe beauty to the craft of writing code?

Exploring such varied topics as logic gates and literary modernism, the machismo of tech geeks, the omnipresence of an “Indian Mafia” in Silicon Valley, and the writings of the eleventh-century Kashmiri thinker Abhinavagupta, Geek Sublime is both an idiosyncratic history of coding and a fascinating meditation on the writer’s art. Part literary essay, part technology story, and part memoir, it is an engrossing, original, and heady book of sweeping ideas.

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  • “An unexpected tour de force…Its ambition: to look deeply, and with great subtlety, into the connections and tensions between the worlds—the cultures—of technology and art. The book becomes an exquisite meditation on aesthetics, and meanwhile it is also part memoir, the story of a young man finding his way from India to the West and back, and from literature to programming and back…Programmers feel an exhilarating creative mastery, and Chandra captures it.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Chandra weaves a comprehensive understanding of the history, practice and art of programming into a startling fabric…It is a dazzle, from beginning to end…Plenty of programmers consider themselves artists, and plenty of writers presume to declaim about programming. But very, very few can comfortably inhabit both worlds with such grace and precision…There is so much to be fascinated by here.”

    Salon

  • “Chandra, brainy, delving, and spellbinding, delineates the intricacy and beauty of code…As [he] illuminates links between programming and literature in bedazzling elucidations of Sanskrit, linguistics, aesthetics, and Hindu, Tantric, and Buddhist beliefs, he also conducts unique and heady inquiries into codes, ethical as well as binary. Chandra’s creative and elegant meshing of thought and experience, conscience and storytelling nets both the profane and the sublime.”

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About the Author
Author Vikram Chandra

Vikram Chandra is the award-winning author of the novel Red Earth and Pouring Rain and the short-story collection Love and Longing in Bombay. Born in New Delhi, he divides his time between Mumbai and Berkeley, where he teaches at the University of California.