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He saw his uncle once or twice a week. They got on each others nerves, but had grown fond of the frisson. He was Anandas sole friend in Londonand Ananda his. Friend was right; because his uncle was capable of being neither uncle, nor father, nor brother. Anandas uncle, Rangamama, is an eccentric bachelor who has taken early retirement and lives off his pension in a squalid bedsit in Belsize Park. His habits are angularhe rarely bathes, and devours paranormal storiesand his personality combative. Ananda, by contrast, is fragile, nervous and romantic. Uncle and nephew circle around their past, walk the streets of London and find in each other, an unspoken solace. A retelling of the story of Odysseus and Telemachus, Odysseus Abroad is a novel about a young man and an old man, about friendship, loneliness and love. Written in a voice at once tender and ribald, wry and unsentimental, this is Amit Chaudhuris most extraordinary novel yet.Printed Pages: 256.