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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571310303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571310302
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A thought-provoking set of linked essays that are part memoir, part analysis of geeks, part aesthetic treasure. If that makes the book sound a bit incoherent, it is nothing of the sort. It is a delight to read and never prescriptive. (Iain Pears Daily Telegraph)

Computational thinking is not new, and it is grounded in more fundamental disciplines such as mathematics, philosophy and linguistics. This, indeed, is one of the messages of Vikram Chandra's fascinating and often beautiful new book, a kind of techno-artistic memoir that is informed by his unusual double ability as both novelist and coder. (Steven Poole The Guardian)

Mr Chandra's description of how computers work is masterly. (The Economist)

An illuminating, genre-defying exploration of a world that, despite the ubiquity of computers, most people (many coders included) find alien and don't fully understand. (Carl Wilkinson Financial Times)

A compendium of delight in which Chandra delves with relish into the bowels of technology and the intricate mechanisms of linguistic suggestion, drawing on his own experiences to create an extraordinary thesis that is part autobiography, part crash course in coding and unfailingly an ode to language ... an eloquent tribute to text and its ability to shape our emotions, and rewrite the very world we live in. (Nicola Davis The Observer)

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. (James Gleick New York Times)

A literate and insightful meditation on two activities that both retain an air of mystery to non-practitioners. (Philip Ball Prospect)

A lovely, surprising, sometimes arcane project that speaks both to the computer crowd and the literary one - and makes the point that they don't have to be separate camps. (Jennifer Howard Times Literary Supplement)

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Geek Sublime: Writing Fiction, Coding Software by Vikram Chandra is an examination of the Indian genius for coding, told through the secret computer programming career of the acclaimed literary novelist, Chandra himself.

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