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  • A daring, colorful novel... Desai is a superb observer of the human race

    New York Times
  • One of the best English novelists writing in English

  • Hugo Baumgartner, the central character of Anita Desai's dazzling novel, is a wandering Jew all his life. From the agonising 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, whatever he goes

    Daily Telegraph
  • 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 colour

    The Times

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