Description - In Custody by Anita Desai
Touching and wonderfully funny, In Custody is woven around the yearnings and calamities of a small-town scholar in the north of India. An impoverished college lecturer, Deven, sees a way to escape from the meanness of his daily life when he is asked to interview India's greatest Urdu poet, Nur - a project that can only end in disaster.
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(198mm x 129mm x 14mm)
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Author Biography - Anita Desai
Anita Desai was born and educated in India. Her published works include adult novels, children's books and short stories. Clear Light of Day (1980) and In Custody (1984) were both shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Village by the Sea won the Guardian Award for Children's Fiction in 1982. Anita Desai is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Literature in London, of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and of Girton College at the University of Cambridge. She teaches in the Writing Program at M.I.T. and divides her time between India, Boston, Massachusetts and Cambridge, England. In Custody was recently filmed by Merchant Ivory Productions. Her latest novel, Fasting, Feasting was shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize.