The Artist of Disappearance

Anita Desai

The Artist of Disappearance

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 unraveling her desires and achievements. In the title novella, a hermit hidden away in the woods with a secret is discovered by a film crew, which compels him to withdraw even further until he magically disappears... (From Mariner Books)


Excerpt:

We had driven for never-ending miles along what seemed to be more a mudbank than a road between fields of virulent green - jute? rice? what was it this benighted hinterland produced? I ought to have known, but my head was pounded into too much of a daze by the heat and the sun and the fatigue to take in what my driver was telling me in answer to my listless questions.


From The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai ©2012. Published by Mariner Books.