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Set in contemporary Bombay and other cities, these stories reflect the kaleidoscope of urban life - evoking the colour, sounds and white-hot heat of the city. Warm, perceptive, humorous and touched with sadness, Anita Desai's stories are peopled with intensely individual characters - the man spiritually transformed by the surface texture of a melon; the American wife who, homesick for the verdant farmlands of Vermont, turns to the hippies in the Indian hills; the painter living in a slum who fills his canvasses with flowers, birds and landscapes he has never seen.
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“As finely written atmospheric pieces alone the stories would be memorable... As social documents they are absorbing. The volume’s profound theme is the tension between convention and exploration, family solidarity and individualism... An admirable humane and responsible achievement.” – Hermione Lee, Observer
“One of the most brilliant and subtle writers ever to have described the meeting of eastern and western culture.” – Alison Lurie
Anita Desai was born and educated in India. Her novels Fasting Feasting, Clear Light of Day and In Custody were shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters as well as a Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge. She teaches in the Writing Program at M.I.T. and divides her time between India, Massachusetts and England.
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Book Description Penguin Books, 1983. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0140053484
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # STR-0140053484