Author: Anita Desai
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0099428520
Hugo Baumgartner, the central character of Anita Desai’s dazzling novel, is a wandering Jew all his life. From the agonizing 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, wherever he goes.
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One of the best English novelists writing in English
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 color
Anita Desai writes beautifully, employing an opulent vocabulary to great effect in her physical descriptions… The achievement of a superior writer
A book that puts to shame all the little epithets and pert clichés that praise may offer.
-LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS