Book review: Life and Times of Mr S

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Vivek Narayanan’s Mr S is a book that is not comfortable resting within any genre but is situated between poetry, novel, critique. It has the epic sweep of a novel that takes us through one character’s transformation and has a narrator to guide us–all told with the immediacy of poetry to jolt, startle and invigorate. The book is structured in a way to take the reader through a similarly transformative journey. In the poem “Mr. S, on first looking into…