Great World Writers: Twentieth Century - Vol. 2

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Anita Desai

BORN: June 24, 1937, Mussoorie, India

IDENTIFICATION: Twentieth-century Indian novelist best known for her psychological novels about lonely and unhappy people, one of which has been made into a film and another into a miniseries for television.

SIGNIFICANCE: Anita Desai is one of the best-known and finest Indian novelists writing in English. Though most of her books explore what she sees as the oppression of women within marriage and family and their struggle for identity and independence, her larger focus is on the isolation experienced by those who live outside the mainstream of society. Her supreme mastery lies in her ability to convey the atmosphere that surrounds the characters and reflects their state of mind. Three of Desai's novels, Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984), and Fasting, Feasting (1999), were nominated for the Booker Prize, the most prestigious British literary award.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Contents iii
  • Italo Calvino 149
  • Altert Camus 159
  • Alejo Carpentier 179
  • Ainé Césaire 195
  • Chow Shu-Jen 205
  • J. M. Coetzee 225
  • Joseph Conrad 245
  • Tsiti Dangarembga 267
  • Anita Desai 277
  • Index 287
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