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Anita Desai

Autor(a) de Fasting, Feasting

34+ Works 4,108 Membros 111 Críticas 12 Favorited

About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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. (Bowker Author Biography) Anita Desai was born & educated in India. Among her many published works are "Fasting, Feasting" (a finalist for the 1999 Booker Prize), "Baumgartner's Bombay," "In Custody," "Games at Twilight," & "Diamond Dust." Her awards & honors include the Alberto Moravia Award, the National Academy of Letters Award, & the Winifred Holtby Prize of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she teaches writing at MIT. (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos

Obras por Anita Desai

Fasting, Feasting (1999) 1,004 exemplares
Clear Light of Day (1980) 716 exemplares
Village by the Sea (1982) 367 exemplares
In Custody (1984) 348 exemplares
Baumgartner's Bombay (1988) 322 exemplares
The Artist of Disappearance (2011) 246 exemplares
The Zigzag Way (2004) 219 exemplares
Fire on the Mountain (1977) 205 exemplares
Diamond Dust: Stories (2000) 188 exemplares
Journey to Ithaca (1995) 136 exemplares
Cry, the Peacock (1963) 35 exemplares
Voices in the City (1965) 34 exemplares
Scholar and Gypsy (1978) 21 exemplares
Where Shall We Go This Summer (1998) 19 exemplares

Associated Works

Midnight's Children (1981) — Introdução, algumas edições13,788 exemplares
Agnes Grey (1847) — Introdução, algumas edições5,062 exemplares
The Battle of the Villa Fiorita (1963) — Introdução, algumas edições326 exemplares
The River (1946) — Introdução, algumas edições304 exemplares
Bad Trips (1991) — Contribuidor — 232 exemplares
Granta 57: India! The Golden Jubilee (1997) — Contribuidor — 202 exemplares
Sunlight on a Broken Column (1961) — Introdução, algumas edições194 exemplares
The Writer on Her Work, Volume II: New Essays in New Territory (1730) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
The Post Office (1968) — Introdução, algumas edições121 exemplares
Kingdom of Olives and Ash: Writers Confront the Occupation (2017) — Contribuidor — 118 exemplares
The Penguin Book of International Women's Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
Story-Wallah: Short Fiction from South Asian Writers (2004) — Contribuidor — 99 exemplares
The Lady and the Unicorn (1937) — Introdução, algumas edições76 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
A Walk in My World: International Short Stories About Youth (1998) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
The Secret Self: A Century of Short Stories by Women (1995) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
Women: A World Report (1985) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
The Second Penguin Book of Modern Women's Short Stories (1997) — Contribuidor — 26 exemplares
Guardian Angels (1987) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Passages: 24 Modern Indian Stories (Signet Classics) (2009) — Contribuidor — 10 exemplares
In Custody [1994 film] — Original book — 1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



Three short stories written by a master storyteller set in India. Lovely. Mesmeric.
ben_r47 | 28 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2024 |
This novel broke me - utterly and completely. The cover says that if the Booker Prize committee of 1999 could award a runner-up, they would have given it to this novel - I can't even imagine how the winner for that year could be any better than this masterpiece.
This work follows two PoVs - both taking place in an extremely orthodox household. The first is that of Uma, a staid spinster who can't get married, and so people treat her as a cursed woman who shouldn't exist, to put it politely. The second is that of Arun, Uma's brother, who succumbs to the weight of expectations that people have of the 'solitary working male' of the household, and tried to recede into anonymity in all the facets of his life.
Following the household through Uma's eyes is a depressing and dreary affair, what with overbearing parents, apathetic siblings, her epileptic seizures dismissed as her need for attention, and an eclectic cocktail of family members. Some of the euphemisms in the novel feel as if Anita Desai is lifting the incidents from your household - and are all the more painful for it.
Arun is another highly relatable character for many - a person, who by virtue of his excessive smothering at home, just wants to be left alone - but even in the States, he cannot find such peace. Although his part in the novel forms the basis for just the last quarter of the book, it is no less significant for it.
I've not read either mother (Kiran Desai) or daughter before this, so this novel came as a pleasant surprise. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that a dreary slice-of-life drama following a conservative household could be so heartbreaking. This is *the* quintessential short read, and deserves a much higher rating on the site.
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SidKhanooja | 22 outras críticas | Sep 1, 2023 |
No wonder she’s been Booker-listed three times! The story of a young Jewish man from Germany who goes to India in the late 1930s, ostensibly for business reasons, and spends the rest of his life there. The book is the story of his life there, spent in increasing poverty. Memory is a major theme; I thought the writing is very good and her observations quite keen. I read a number of her works long ago and don’t know why I stopped. She is a terrific writer and, more than that, her books are solid creations, well worth the time. Highly recommended.… (mais)
Gypsy_Boy | 6 outras críticas | Aug 25, 2023 |
In questo romanzo si parla di due sorelle e due fratelli cresciuti amorevolmente dalla zia Mira, dato che i genitori, pur vivendo nella stessa casa, sono troppo presi dai loro impegni mondani per poter prestare attenzione ai figli.

Bim, Raja, Tara e Baba sono diversi, ma accomunati fin da bambini dal bisogno di scappare dalla loro situazione familiare di indifferenza e bassezza. E così crescendo hanno preso strade diverse: Bim ha studiato storia e si è resa autosufficiente, Raja è diventato ricco, Tara ha sposato un diplomatico e Baba, ragazzo ritardato, ha trovato nella musica del giradischi la sua evasione.

Tuttavia tra i fratelli e le sorelle non c'è più l'affiatamento di un tempo. Anzi, Bim, rimasta nella casa di famiglia insieme a Baba, nutre del rancore per Raja e Tara. Sì, perché loro sono riusciti ad andarsene fisicamente da quella casa, sempre più grigia e decadente, mentre lei è rimasta lì, prima ad accudire la zia Mira, poi a prendersi cura di Baba.

Bim non riesce a perdonare Raja per essere diventato ricco e Tara per essersene andata. Eppure non ne ha mai parlato con loro e il suo rancore la porta ad isolarsi in una casa che lo scorrere del tempo rende sempre più squallida.

Il romanzo prende inizio da una visita di Tara a Bim, per poi indagare il passato delle due sorelle e dei due fratelli. Alla fine solo la «chiara luce del sole» riuscirà a riportare la serenità nella famiglia e a rivelare la potenza delle speranze della gioventù e la dolorosa consapevolezza dell'età adulta.
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lasiepedimore | 21 outras críticas | Aug 2, 2023 |



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