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Desai, Anita 1937-

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Works: 322 works in 1,106 publications in 4 languages and 20,528 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Religious fiction  Records and correspondence  Juvenile works  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Young adult works 
Roles: Author of introduction, Honoree, Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Writer of accompanying material
Classifications: PR9499.3.D465, 823
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Fasting, feasting by Anita Desai( Book )
41 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,205 libraries worldwide
The story of "Uma, the plain older daughter of an Indian family, tied to the household of her childhood and tending to her parents' every extravagant demand, and of her younger brother, Arun, across the world in Massachusetts, bewildered by his new life in college and the suburbs, where he lives with the Patton family."--Cover
Clear light of day by Anita Desai( Book )
63 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,822 libraries worldwide
Set in India's Old Delhi, CLEAR LIGHT OF DAY is Anita Desai's tender, warm, and compassionate novel about family scars, the ability to forgive and forget, and the trials and tribulations of familial love. At the novel's heart are the moving relationships between the members of the Das family, who have grown apart from each other. Bimla is a dissatisfied but ambitious teacher at a women's college who lives in her childhood home, where she cares for her mentally challenged brother, Baba. Tara is her younger, unambitious, estranged sister, married and with children of her own. Raja is their popular, brilliant, and successful brother. When Tara returns for a visit with Bimla and Baba, old memories and tensions resurface and blend into a domestic drama that is intensely beautiful and leads to profound self-understanding
Baumgartner's Bombay by Anita Desai( Book )
46 editions published between 1986 and 2007 in English and German and held by 1,516 libraries worldwide
Hugo Baumgartner is a lifelong wandering Jew. From his agonising childhood in pre-war Berlin, through his spell in business first in Calcutta and then Bombay, he simply doesn't belong. Too dark for Hitler's Germany, too fair for India, he remains a foreigner wherever he goes
The artist of disappearance : three novellas by Anita Desai( Book )
18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,385 libraries worldwide
"Written late in Anita Desai's illustrious career, these three novellas ruminate on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life's expectations and dreams and its realities. Set in India in the not too distant past, the stories' diverse surroundings and dramas frame universal themes, which illuminate the ways in which various aspects of the Indian culture can nourish or suffocate. All are served up with Desai's characteristic perspicuity, subtle humor and quiet, sensitive writing. Overwhelmed by their own lack of purpose, the men and women who populate these tales set out on unexpected journeys that present them with a fresh sense hope and opportunity. In "The Museum of Final Journeys," a bored and officious junior civil servant imagines he's about to discover a museum filled with priceless treasures; in "Translation," a middle-aged woman has the chance to translate an unknown writer and in the process, impress the woman she most admires; in "The Artist of Disappearance," a documentary film crew, looking to expose the ecological havoc of illegal mining and logging, stumbles upon an artistic creation of unspeakable beauty, hidden from the world by its creator, a local recluse. But these are not heroic characters, and when confronted with defining moments, they struggle against their circumstances, their passivity and the disappointments of their daily lives, like so many flies in a spider's web. An impeccable craftsman, Desai remains evenhanded, elegantly setting the stage for all attendant human frailties to play out." --
In custody by Anita Desai( Book )
46 editions published between 1984 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,278 libraries worldwide
Taking place in India, Deven is a meek and self-effacing college lecturer resigned to his unhappy marriage and his life in the dusty town of Mirpore
Diamond dust : stories by Anita Desai( Book )
33 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 1,155 libraries worldwide
A collection of stories spans two continents and explores the line between traditional ties and personal freedom
The zigzag way by Anita Desai( Book )
25 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,118 libraries worldwide
A young historian traveling to Mexico for the first time, Eric becomes involved in a curious quest to uncover the mysteries of his own family in an old mining town, where he becomes involved with the lives of characters past and present
Fire on the mountain by Anita Desai( Book )
53 editions published between 1977 and 2008 in English and held by 1,008 libraries worldwide
Nanda Kaul is old. She has chosen to spend her last years high up in the mountains where she can arrange her thoughts into tranquility. But her solitude is broken when her fragile and secretive great-grand-daughter, Raka, comes to stay. It is an intrusion Nanda Kaul deeply resents, but this child has a capacity to change things. Through the long hot summer months hidden dependencies and old wounds are uncovered, until tragedy seems as inevitable as a forest fire on the hillsides surrounding the villa
Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai( Book )
31 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 974 libraries worldwide
A novel which analyzes why Westerners are willing to spend years amid the squalor and poverty of India. The protagonists are Matteo, an Italian, and Sophie, his German wife. For Matteo, India provides the spiritual peace lacking in his society, for Sophie, who has to think of their children, Matteo is deluding himself, victim of a con game by clever people
The village by the sea by Anita Desai( Book )
59 editions published between 1982 and 2012 in English and Hindi and held by 704 libraries worldwide
When their family falls on hard times, thirteen-year-old Lila and her twelve-year-old brother, Hari, try desperately to keep their home intact--an almost impossible task until Hari gets a chance to go to Bombay and returns with some positive plans for the future
Games at twilight ; and other stories by Anita Desai( Book )
33 editions published between 1978 and 2007 in English and Undetermined and held by 668 libraries worldwide
Set in contemporary Bombay and other cities, this is a collection of 11 short stories that reflect Desai's skill for evoking the full flavour of Indian life. The colours, smells and sounds, as well as some intensely individual characters, are here
Cry, the peacock by Anita Desai( Book )
35 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in English and held by 293 libraries worldwide
Voices in the city : a novel by Anita Desai( Book )
35 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 267 libraries worldwide
Bye-Bye, blackbird by Anita Desai( Book )
20 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and held by 178 libraries worldwide
A novel traces love-hate relationship of immigrant Indian towards England
Where shall we go this summer? by Anita Desai( Book )
28 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 171 libraries worldwide
Daughters of the vicar by D. H Lawrence( Book )
3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 167 libraries worldwide
Comme l'écrit le préfacier, cf. p. 7-19, cette nouvelle, par plusieurs aspects, est plus proche de Jane Austen que du Lawrence de la maturité: "Les aperçus psychologiques sont criants de modernité et l'expression reste victorienne". Dossier iconographique (photographies, tableaux) de seize pages. [SDM]
The artist of disappearance by Anita Desai( Sound Recording )
6 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 154 libraries worldwide
Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life's expectations and its realities in three perfectly etched novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate
Turkish embassy letters by Mary Wortley Montagu( Book )
12 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and held by 141 libraries worldwide
"The Turkish Embassy Letters chronicle the encounters of a curious mind with numerous aspects of a foreign culture in frank and witty language. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu wrote enthusiastically to her friend, Alexander Pope, about the beauties of Turkish poetry, and set herself the task of learning Turkish grammar so that she could translate poems. To other correspondents, she wrote that she was impressed by the liberties given to women by Turkish cultural institutions, such as the veils that rendered a woman incognita in the street (the better, she thought, to conduct secret love affairs). She was struck by the unpretentious behavior of women in the Turkish baths, which she compared to English coffeehouses because of the freedom of conversation they promoted. Likewise, as a small-pox survivor -- she had succumbed to the disease in 1715, and hid her smallpox scars under makeup, or paint, as it was called -- Lady Mary Wortley Montagu was intrigued by the Turkish method of inoculation against this disease, and later introduced these methods into England with the help of the physician Charles Maitland."--Www.wwnorton.com
In custody ( visu )
5 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in Hindi and held by 112 libraries worldwide
A passionate comedy about an Indian poet who learns that his famous idol has feet of clay
The zigzag way by Anita Desai( Sound Recording )
6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 101 libraries worldwide
A young North American, finds himself on a quest for his own family in a mining town in Mexico where almost 100 years earlier young miners, like his own grandfather, worked the mines. That is until Pancho Villa and revolution came to Mexico
 
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Alternative Names
Anita Desai
Anita Desai 1937-....
An̲itā Tēcāy 1937-
Desai, Anita
Dīsāy, Anītā 1937-
Tēcāy, An̲itā 1937-
דסי, אניטה 1937-
デサイ, アニタ
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English (626)
Hindi (6)
German (4)
Italian (1)
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