...her writing here remains striking. On the very first page of the book, for instance, she describes “the sun setting into a sullen murk of ashes and embers.”
A documentary film crew, looking to expose the ecological havoc of illegal mining and logging, instead stumbles upon an artistic creation of unspeakable beauty, hidden from the world by its creator, a local recluse.
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.