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Desai, Anita 1937-

Works: 311 works in 1,363 publications in 26 languages and 22,190 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Bildungsromans  Religious fiction  History  Records and correspondence  Juvenile works  Drama 
Roles: Author, Author of screenplay, Author of introduction, Honoree, Other, Writer of accompanying material, wpr, Contributor, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist
Classifications: PR9499.3.D465, 823
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Fasting, feasting by Anita Desai( Book )

70 editions published between 1998 and 2018 in 11 languages and held by 2,141 WorldCat member 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 )

108 editions published between 1980 and 2018 in 10 languages and held by 1,934 WorldCat member 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 )

68 editions published between 1986 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hugo Baumgartner, a German Jew who fled the Holocaust to life in India, has lived a contented life with a family of stray cats in a shabby flat. However, when Hugo befriends a young German, his life is turned upside down
In custody by Anita Desai( Book )

79 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 1,309 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Touching and wonderfully funny, In Custody is woven around the yearnings and calamities of a small town scholar in the north of India. An impoverished college lecturer, Deven, sees a way to escape from the meanness of his daily life when he is asked to interview India?s greatest Urdu poet, Nur ? a project that can only end in disaster
The artist of disappearance : three novellas by Anita Desai( Book )

28 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 1,258 WorldCat member 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."--
Fire on the mountain by Anita Desai( Book )

88 editions published between 1977 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 1,048 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this novel of India, Nadia Kaul's great-granddaughter is sent to spend the summer with her. Nadia is upset by having her routine disturbed but finds herself attempting to draw out and communicated with the strange and unfathomable girl who is strangely like herself
Diamond dust : stories by Anita Desai( Book )

37 editions published between 2000 and 2011 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member 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 )

35 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in 5 languages and held by 989 WorldCat member 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
Journey to Ithaca by Anita Desai( Book )

44 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 972 WorldCat member 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 : an Indian family story by Anita Desai( Book )

94 editions published between 1982 and 2015 in 8 languages and held by 734 WorldCat member 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 )

46 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 )

37 editions published between 1900 and 2010 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the story of a young girl obsessed by a childhood prophecy of disaster. The author builds up an atmosphere of tension and oppression, in the middle of an Indian summer
Voices in the city : a novel by Anita Desai( Book )

39 editions published between 1964 and 2010 in English and held by 273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In custody( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2005 in Hindi and Multiple languages and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nur is considered the greatest living Urdu poet and Deven hopes to rekindle interest in the language by recording Nur reciting his magical verse. But multiple problems block Deven's path, the greatest being Nur's two shrewish wives, his love of drink, and the vastly bloated poet himself. Deven's monstrous task quickly turns into a cultural odyssey that follows a humorous path to an unexpected conclusion
Where shall we go this summer? by Anita Desai( Book )

34 editions published between 1975 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bye-Bye, blackbird by Anita Desai( Book )

22 editions published between 1971 and 2009 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel traces love-hate relationship of immigrant Indian towards England
Daughters of the vicar by D. H Lawrence( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 168 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Looking for acceptance from his new congregation, the Revd Ernest Lindley cannot long ignore the fact that his parishioners are far from welcoming. Rather than confront such hostility, the Lindleys instead become ever more isolated: he 'pale and miserable and neutral'; she 'bitter and beaten by fear'. And having raised their children to be similarly dispassionate, it surely seems inevitable that their daughters should enter suitable, but loveless, marriages. Whilst Mary becomes the dutiful wife, younger sister Louisa vows to experience love for herself - little knowing that such desires will divide an already broken family." "Elsewhere in the parish, Alfred Durant, recently returned from the navy, struggles to adjust to life in the pits, as well as coping with the imminent death of his beloved mother. His involvement with the Lindley family only serves to bring him further disquiet."--BOOK JACKET
Turkish embassy letters by Mary Wortley Montagu( Book )

16 editions published between 1993 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 165 WorldCat member 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."
The artist of disappearance by Anita Desai( Recording )

8 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 159 WorldCat member 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. All are served up with Desai's characteristic perspicuity, subtle humor, and sensitive writing
The peacock garden by Anita Desai( Book )

15 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Novel on the life of Zuni, fictional child character
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Fasting, feasting
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Anitā̄ Dēśāy, 1937-

An̲itā Tēcāy 1937-

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Clear light of dayBaumgartner's BombayIn custodyThe artist of disappearance : three novellasFire on the mountainDiamond dust : storiesThe zigzag wayJourney to Ithaca