Books by Anita Desai

THE ARTIST OF DISAPPEARANCE by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 6, 2011

"A deft exploration of the limits people place on themselves by trying to cling to the past."
The three protagonists in this trio of novellas struggle with fulfilling their desires while life in modern India speeds past them. Read full book review >
THE ZIGZAG WAY by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 9, 2004

"Sensitive proof that understanding lies as much in the details as in the broad strokes."
Again, Desai explores cultural fault lines as she describes a young American's experiences in Mexico. Read full book review >
DIAMOND DUST by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2000

"A quiet but deeply satisfying collection from the distinguished author and Booker finalist (i>Fasting, Feasting, not reviewed, etc.)."
Nine short fictions luminously detailing events that lead characters to irrevocably cross the invisible line separating their pasts from new experiences, new insights, even new existences. Read full book review >
JOURNEY TO ITHACA by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A splendidly nuanced evocation, never credulous or dismissive of those impelled to go on pilgrimage: Pilgrim's Progress updated and uprooted, but still as compelling."
With just the right blend of empathy and intelligence, Desai (Baumgartner's Bombay, 1989) explores the West's long fascination with Indian spirituality via the story of a European couple who, like so many in the '70s, sought enlightenment in the subcontinent. Read full book review >
BAUMGARTNER'S BOMBAY by Anita Desai
Released: March 15, 1989

In her ninth novel, Indian writer Desai (Clear Light of Day, In Custody), whose mother was German and father Indian, explores the troubled life of a German Jew who flees the Holocaust by going to India. Read full book review >