The Artist of Disappearance: Three Novellas, by Desai, Anita
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- ISBN: 9780547840123 | 0547840128
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 11/20/2012
Set in modern India, these three novellas move beyond the cities to places still haunted by the past, and to characters who are, each in their own way, masters of self-effacement.An unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures where he discovers a surprise "relic." A translator blurs the line between writer and translator, and in so doing risks unravelling her desires and achievements. In the title novella, a hermit with a secret hidden away in the woods is discovered by a film crew, which compels him to withdraw even further until he magically and elusively disappears... Rich and evocative, remarkable in their clarity and sensuous in their telling, these novellas remind us of the extraordinary yet delicate power of this pre-eminent writer.