• "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