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The Art of Disappearance by Anita Desai.. Say Yes to a different India than you usually see in literature: this one’s really about the people, not the scenery. And a good novella is hard to find. Here are three.

Joel Gardner, LitSnap Editor

"For almost five decades, Anita Desai’s writing has avoided [the] easy trafficking in the delicious and malicious. She has instead created a body of work distinguished by its sober, often bracing prose, its patient eye for all-telling detail and its humane but penetrating intelligence about middling people faced with middling prospects. Whether in India, Mexico or America, Desai’s characters tend to be easy marks for new possibilities — for something, anything, other than life as it is."

The New York Times

"This collection leaves an indelible impression of the conflicts and ambitions found in a region riddled with conflict."

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Author bio: Anita Mazumdar Desai (born 24 June 1937) is an Indian novelist and Emeritus John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times, was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1978 for her novel, Fire on the Mountain, by the Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters More information can be found here:

Book Details: General Fiction; (156 pp. Unslumdogged: Kindle/Audiobook/Print editions)

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