Better To Have Gone

A spellbinding story of love, faith, the search for utopia – and the often devastating consequences of idealism.

  • Winner Whiting Non-Fiction Grant
  • “Beautifully written and structured. A genuine nonfiction classic.” — William Dalrymple
  • “Compulsively readable.” — Nell Freudenberger
  • “Spellbinding and otherworldly, an exquisite literary achievement.” — Gilbert King


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— William Dalrymple, author of The Anarchy and Return of a King Beautifully written and structured, deeply moving, and realised in wise, thoughtful, chiselled prose. An extraordinary tale of a paradise lost. Like In Cold Blood, it is that rarity: a genuine non-fiction classic. — Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove Spellbinding and otherworldly, an exquisite literary achievement. Graceful, luminous prose… A hauntingly beautiful love story, composed by a writer in full command of his craft. — Vikram Chandra, author of Sacred Games Trenchant, nuanced . . . An important work about the eternal human desire for utopia and about the dystopia that always lurks within these dreams. — Nell Freudenberger, author of Lost and Wanted Compulsively readable. Kapur’s great achievement is to narrate a personal tragedy with such generosity and insight that it becomes a love story. — Larissa MacFarquhar, author of Strangers Drowning Gripping, magical, deeply moving. The struggle to forge a nobler humanity is often brutal. But at this moment when we are focused on survival, it is exhilarating to read about a place and time where utopia seemed not just possible but close. — Evan Osnos, National Book Award winner and author of The Age of Ambition Kapur pulls us into the interior of desires and frailties at a depth that approaches the finest of fiction. Anyone who thirsts for reinvention should read this book as an inspiration—and as a warning. — Jeet Thayil, Booker shortlisted author of Narcopolis A gripping morality tale, phosphorescent and unsettling, of the cruelty that accompanies utopia.

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