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The Resource The artist of disappearance : three novellas, Anita Desai

The artist of disappearance : three novellas, Anita Desai

Label
The artist of disappearance : three novellas
Title
The artist of disappearance
Title remainder
three novellas
Statement of responsibility
Anita Desai
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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." --
Storyline
Pace
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10013934
Cataloging source
AU@
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1937-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Desai, Anita
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9499.3.D465
LC item number
A88 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • India
  • India
  • FICTION / Literary
  • FICTION / Short Stories (single author)
Label
The artist of disappearance : three novellas, Anita Desai
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Museum of final journeys
  • Translator translated
  • Artist of disappearance
Control code
ocn755678823
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
156 pages
Isbn
9780547577456
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011028560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)755678823
Label
The artist of disappearance : three novellas, Anita Desai
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Museum of final journeys
  • Translator translated
  • Artist of disappearance
Control code
ocn755678823
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
156 pages
Isbn
9780547577456
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011028560
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)755678823

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