'A daring and colourful novel. A superb observer of the human race' New York Times Book Review
Born and educated in India, Anita Desai is the author of many novels and short stories, and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times for her novels Clear Light of Day, In Custody and Fasting, Feasting. She is the Emerita John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and the Royal Society of Literature.
A daring, colorful novel... Desai is a superb observer of the human
*New York Times*
One of the best English novelists writing in English
Hugo Baumgartner, the central character of Anita Desai's dazzling novel, is a wandering Jew all his life. From the agonising scenes of his childhood in pre-war Berlin, through his spell in business in Calcutta and then Bombay, he simply does not belong. Too dark for Hitler's society, he is too fair for India; he remains a firanghi, a foreigner, whatever he goes
Beautifully observed... Recovers a lost slice of history in its portrayal of a wounded survivor
Cleverly constructed, and full of sharp perceptions about human nature under the skin, whatever the colour