Ananda’s uncle, Rangamama, is an eccentric bachelor who has taken early retirementand lives off his pension in a squalid bedsit in Belsize Park. His habits are angular—herarely bathes, and devours paranormal stories—and 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 abouta young man and an old man, about friendship, loneliness and love. Written in a voiceat once tender and ribald, wry and unsentimental, this is Amit Chaudhuri’s mostextraordinary novel yet.