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Baumgartner's Bombay - Desai, Anita

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"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, wherever he goes' Daily Telegraph 'Anita Desai writes beautifully, employing an opulent vocabulary to great effect in her physical descriptions.The achievement of a superior writer' Literary Review'A book that puts to shame all the little epithets and pert cliches that praise may offer' London Review of Books"

"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" * Independent * "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" * Observer * "Cleverly constructed, and full of sharp perceptions about human nature under the skin, whatever the colour" * The Times *

ISBN: 9780099428527
ISBN-10: 0099428520
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 2nd August 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.1  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1