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Title: THE ARTIST OF DISAPPEARANCE
By: Anita Desai
Format: Hardback

List price: £12.99


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ISBN 10: 0701186208
ISBN 13: 9780701186203
Publisher: VINTAGE PUBLISHING
Pub. date: 4 August, 2011
Pages: 176
Description: Features such novellas as "The Museum of Final Journeys" and "Translator, Translated". In "The Museum of Final Journeys", an unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures, each sent home by the absent, itinerant master. As he is taken through the estate, he reaches the final - greatest - gift of all.
Synopsis: A triptych of beautifully crafted novellas makes up Anita Desai's exquisite new book. Set in modern India, but where history still casts a long shadow, the stories 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. In "The Museum of Final Journeys" an unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures, each sent home by the absent, itinerant master. As he is taken through the estate, wondering whether to save these precious relics, he reaches the final - greatest - gift of all, looming out of the shadows. In "Translator, Translated", middle-aged Prema meets her successful publisher friend Tara at a school reunion. Tara hires her as a translator, but Prema, buoyed by her work and the sense of purpose it brings, begins deliberately to blur the line between writer and translator, and in so doing risks unravelling her desires and achievements. The final story is of Ravi, living hermit-like in the burnt-out shell of his family home high up in the Himalayan mountains.He cultivates not only silence and solitude but a secret hidden away in the woods, concealed from sight. When a film crew from Delhi intrudes upon his seclusion, it 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 stories remind us of the extraordinary yet delicate power of this pre-eminent writer.
Publication: UK
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Returns: Returnable
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