Geek Sublime (Paperback)

The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty

By Vikram Chandra

Graywolf Press, 9781555976859, 236pp.

Publication Date: September 2, 2014

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The nonfiction debut from the author of the international bestseller "Sacred Games" about the surprising overlap between writing and computer coding

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.

About the Author

Vikram Chandra is the author of three highly acclaimed works of fiction, most recently "Sacred Games," which won the 2006 Hutch Crossword Award. Chandra lives in Oakland, California and teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.

Praise For Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty

Praise for Sacred Games
“Bold, fresh, and big . . . Sacred Games deserves praise for its ambitions but also for its terrific achievement.” —Maureen Corrigan, NPR, Fresh Air

“Monumental . . . Chandra brilliantly evokes [Mumbai] . . . in all its vibrant chaos.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Ravishing . . . Extraordinary . . . A chaotic and luminous whole.” —Entertainment Weekly

“It’s a rare pleasure to be arrested by this novel’s thunderous momentum . . . Few readers will be unenthralled.” —The Boston Globe