Saturday, September 03, 2005

The latest from the world of books

Kiran Desai's
The Inheritance of Loss (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2006)

IF you have enjoyed Kiran Desai's modest début novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998), a whimsical yet poignant Indian parable of love, life and family that blends folkloric magic with satirical comedy and written in prose “lush and intensely imagined,” you are in for another enchanting treat. Her long-awaited new novel, The Inheritance of Loss, will be published by the Atlantic Monthly Press on January 9, 2006. This time, she sets her story of love, life and family against the backdrop of a rising insurgency in the northeastern Himalayas.

DESAI Kiran [1971-] Novelist; daughter of novelist Anita Desai. Born in Chandigarh, India. NOVELS The Inheritance of Loss (2005); Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard (1998: winner of the 1998 Betty Trask Prize for Best First Novel)

DESAI Anita [1937-] Novelist, short-story writer. Born Anita Mazumdar in Mussoorie, Delhi, India. NOVELS The Zigzag Way (2004); Fasting, Feasting (1999: shortlisted for the 1999 Booker Prize for Fiction); Journey to Ithaca (1995); Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988); In Custody (1984: shortlisted for the 1984 Booker Prize for Fiction); Clear Light of Day (1980: shortlisted for the 1980 Booker Prize for Fiction); Fire on the Mountain (1977: winner of the 1978 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize); Cat on a Houseboat (1976); Where Shall We Go This Summer? (1975); The Peacock Garden (with illustrations by Jeroo Roy) (1974); Bye-Bye, Blackbird (1968); Voices in the City (1965); Cry, The Peacock (1963) STORIES Diamond Dust and Other Stories (2000); Games at Twilight and Other Stories (1978) CHILDREN’S The Village by the Sea (1982: winner of the 1983 Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction) NONFICTION Peasant Struggles in India (1979)


Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Hi Eric, I'm going to take a bit of a dare and add on Tash Aw to the Booker shortlist hopefuls for 2005. I'm truly proud of his writing accomplishments. And also, I thoroughly enjoyed the caricature you posted on Edmund Wilson. If a picture could paint a 1000 words, his does. warm regards

Saturday, September 03, 2005 6:43:00 AM  
Blogger Eric Forbes said...

Hello Susan - It's sad that there can only be one winner for the Booker Prize for Fiction. There is a new biography of Edmund Wilson, the preeminent American man of letters of the 20th century, by Lewis M. Dabney called Edmund Wilson: A Life in Literature (2005). Should be worth reading for those who enjoy reading Wilson's literary criticism. Happy reading! - Eric Forbes

Saturday, September 03, 2005 6:22:00 PM  
Blogger Susan Abraham said...

Thank you, Eric for the tip about Wilson. cheers!

Sunday, September 04, 2005 6:07:00 AM  

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