A triptych of haunting, beautiful novellas make up Anita Desai's latest offering since The Zigzag Way. Each is set in modern India, but moves beyond the cities to places, and people, haunted by the past. In 'The Museum of Final Journeys', the narrator, an unnamed government official, is taken on a tour of a deserted estate house, packed with an extraordinary collection of goods and riches sent by an absent master from all over the world, including a live elephant from Burma. In 'Translator Translated', Prema, throbbing with regret and exhibiting the 'signs of a failed life', meets her successful publisher friend Tara at a school reunion, who hires her as translator of Oriya dialect. Buoyed by her work, she starts to rewrite the stories she's given to translate, and in doing so, her dreams start to give way to a harsh reality. And in the final moving story 'The Artist of Disappearance', a modern film crew intrude on a man living hermit-like in a burnt-out house in the Himalayas... In each, the 'long past' casts a shadow over the present, and in her elegant luminous prose, the stories hum with the quiet intensity of memory and a pervasive sense of history. Remarkable in their clarity, sensuous in their telling, the stories here remind us of the extrordinary, delicate power of this preeminent writer.
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Published December 6, 2011
by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Literature & Fiction, History.