Fire on the Mountain  - A Novel

Fire on the Mountain - A Novel

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Author: Anita Desai
Publisher: Allied Publishers
Year: 2002/2006
Language: English
Pages: 145
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8177648993


Nanda Kaul is old. Long ago, she queened it as Vice Chancellor's wife. Now she lives alone in her villa in the Simla hills, looking across to the snows of the distant Himalayas, down to the hot, dusty plain below. She treasures her solitude, free at last from the claims and demands of family, servants, position. But to interrupt her summer peace comes Raka, her great grand daughter, a strange, isolated child whose own wish for solitude is as intense as the old woman's.

Yet to lead their separate lives under one roof, to exist and yet appear not to exist, is not so easy. Through the long summer months hidden dependencies and possessive needs emerge, old wounds are uncovered. There is a feeling of impending tragedy, as real as the ever present threat of forest fire in the hillsides surrounding the villa.

From its deceptively gentle opening to its violent end, this novel paint a wonderfully observed picture of Indian life, and an unforgettable portrait of old age.

A novel by a celebrated fiction author of India.


Fire on the Mountain beautiful accomplished. She has the ability to shape and refine a piece of her own intense imagination into an independent work of art. I admire it unreservedly. - The Times

Fire on the Mountain is written in clear, cool prose, is beautifully shaped and infinitely moving. - Paul Scott

Desai, like a dancer or a jockey, makes her art look very easy. - Sunday Times

The most original person I've come across in fiction for a long time. - Observer


Nanda Kaul at Carignano.

Raka comes to Carignano.

Ila Das leaves Carignano