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From social isolation to disillusionment in life itself, the stories are varied and elegant, and Anita Desai is back in her stylish storytelling manner through “The Artist of Disappearance”

Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life’s expectations and its realities in three perfectly etched novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the stories’ dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate. All are served up with Desai’s characteristic perspicuity, subtle humor, and sensitive writing, and RightBooks.in is back in place to bring her classy works for you. This timely, there is a new offering for you. Anita Desai'sThe Artist of Disappearance” is a collection of three novellas. The Museum of Final Journeys is about a small-town sub divisional officer. Once a flourishing society with wealthy landowners like the Mukherjees, it's rundown since Sir Jiban Mukherjee left his widowed mother to run the estate while he traveled abroad, sending home occasional parcels of exquisite and rare Chinese music boxes, miniature paintings and an elephant from Burma. Translator Translated is about Pema, lecturer of English literature and school batch mate of successful feminist publisher, Tara. Pema is commissioned to translate the short stories of the shy and reclusive Oriya author, Suvarna Devi, who is well known locally, but unknown to readers of English. With the translation published, the author and publisher are catapulted into the limelight, but the translator remains a footnote. The last of the three, “The Artist of Disappearance” is about Ravi, adopted son of Tehmi and Hosni, who is brought up in Mussoorie. He stays in the "hunting lodge" of his father, but he is more often than not, left in the care of Hari Singh. During the war, Hosni attempts to mingle socially with the British consisting mostly of "soldiers on leave from the war fronts in Burma, Malaya and Singapore". Tehmi realises quickly that this is not her social milieu and wilts, only to rely increasingly upon her companion, Miss Dora Wilkinson to look after her. A quality literature with its class again, and the link www.rightbooks.in/product_details.asp?pid=9788184001556&The Artist Of Disappearance introduces you with that.

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