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The notion of thinking as an outside, and the critical distance which this entails, is a key to an understanding of Desai as...

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Details of Anita Desai

Exact title of the book
Anita Desai
Book author
Elaine Yee Lin Ho
Book edition
Paperback
Number of pages
144 pages
Published
September 1st 2004 by Liverpool University Press
File size (in PDF)
576 kB
Anita Desai

Some brief overview of book

The notion of thinking as an outside, and the critical distance which this entails, is a key to an understanding of Desai as writer, and a recurrent theme for the discussions of her novels and short stories in her book. It informs her authorial perspectives on India, its places, scenes, and people, and her creative engagement with those who, through a combination of accident and choice, find themselves marginalised, displaced, and dispossessed. The search for other, alternative, worlds outside of the social and cultural mainstream defines the self-identity of many of Desai's characters, and underlines their problematic identification with the communities in which they are located.

Through detailed discussions of a number of short stories and novels, and references to other works by Indo-English writers, this book shows how Desai maps her 'India', and opens up ways of reading 'India' for the reader as outsider.