JEFF IN VENICE, DEATH IN VARANASI Geoff Dyer
Is Jeff in
The first part of the novel introduces us to Jeffrey Atman, a 40-plus disgruntled journalist travelling to
The second part, narrated in the first person, again features a disaffected journalist nearing middle age – Jeff, or one of his avatars – who arrives in
The yoking together of two cities defined by bodies of water is ingenious, and Dyer’s prose is mellifluous, blending barbed comments and insights. The book’s flaneur-like progress may not be to everyone’s taste, but the moods it conjures up – from the rajasic to the sattvic – are well worth the price of admission.