About the BookContrary to popular belief, Paul Scott was not an historical novelist in the realist tradition but a postmodernist who engaged with his readers in narratives of increasing self-consciousness and complexity. Having exposed the identity crisis of the twentieth-century male under army and postwar conditions, he moved on after the 1950s to explore the need for commitment, memorably and often brilliantly, against various backdrops. This phase culminated in his most frankly experimental novel, The Corrida at San Feliu (1964). However, India, where Scott had served during the war, still exerted a strong pull on his imagination, and in his tour de force, The Raj Quartet (1966-1975), and its coda, Staying On (1977; Booker Prize, 1978), Scott found in one of the great upheavals of recent times what he had long been seeking - evidence of the human being's capacity for moral integrity and love, even in the face of extraordinary challenges.About the Author/sJacqueline Banerjee is currently teaching English and American Literature at Kobe College, Japan. She has previously taught at universities in Canada, Ghana and England, and has held research fellowships at the University of Poona (India) and at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She has published widely on 19th- and 20th-century literature, and is the author of Through the Northern Gate: Childhood and Growing Up in British Fiction, T719-190J (1996).