Artist of Disappearance

ISBN-10: 0547840128

ISBN-13: 9780547840123

Edition: 2011

Authors: Anita Desai
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Description: Set in modern India, these three novellas move beyond the cities to places still haunted by the past, and to characters who are, each in their own way, masters of self-effacement.An unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures where he discovers a surprise "relic."   A translator blurs the line between writer and translator, and in so doing risks unravelling her desires and achievements. In the title novella, a hermit with a secret hidden away in the woods is discovered by a film crew, which compels him to withdraw even further until he magically and elusively disappears…Rich and evocative, remarkable in their clarity and sensuous in their telling, these novellas remind us of the extraordinary yet delicate power of this pre-eminent writer.

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Book details

List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 11/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Anita Desai was born in Mussoorie, India, in 1937 of Indian and German parentage. Her works focus on relationships and family life in India, particularly the problems of women in Indian society. She has written for both adults and children, winning the Winifred Holtby Prize from the Royal Society of Literature for Fire on the Mountain (1977) and the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction for her novel The Village by the Sea (1982). Among her numerous other honors is a Literary Lion Award from the New York Public Library in 1993. Desai came to America in 1987. She has taught at Mount Holyoke College, Baruch College, and Smithe College. Desai is currently Emeritus John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at MIT.

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