The Indian Clerk

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The Indian Clerk is a novel by David Leavitt, published in 2007.


The novel is inspired by the career of the self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan, as seen mainly through the eyes of his mentor and collaborator G.H. Hardy, a British mathematics professor at Cambridge University.[1][2] The narrative begins in January 1913, in Cambridge, England, where Hardy receives a letter filled with unorthodox but imaginative mathematics and asking for support and guidance.


The novel is set against the backdrop of the First World War and colonial India. It features such prominent writers and public figures as D. H. Lawrence and Bertrand Russell. The novel was shortlisted for the 2009 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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  1. ^ Nell Freudenberger (September 16, 2007). "Lust for Numbers". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ DJ Taylor (26 January 2008). "Adding up to a life". The Guardian.