The Artist of Disappearance

By Anita Desai
(Mariner Books, Paperback, 9780547840123, 176pp.)

Publication Date: November 20, 2012

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover, Hardcover, Compact Disc, MP3 CD

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Award-winning novelist Anita Desai explores time and transformation in three artful novellas, set in modern India.




About the Author

ANITA DESAI is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner’s Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Desai was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area.




NPR
Friday, Dec 23, 2011

The Artist of Disappearance, from Indian writer Anita Desai, is a trilogy. All three works dwell on themes of change and permanence, and they illustrate the conflicts and challenges of modern Indian culture. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Saturday, Dec 10, 2011

The Artist of Disappearance contains three novellas set in modern India. Anita Desai's somber stories read like three symphonic movements in a minor key. Desai talks with NPR's Scott Simon about her writing, and about working with her daughter, novelist Kiran Desai. More at NPR.org

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