The Artist of Disappearance

The Artist of Disappearance

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By (author) Anita Desai

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  • Publisher: Dreamscape Media
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 165mm x 28mm | 159g
  • Publication date: 20 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Maumee, Ohio
  • ISBN 10: 1611205034
  • ISBN 13: 9781611205039
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged

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Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life's expectations and its realities in three perfectly etched novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate. All are served up with Desai's characteristic perspicuity, subtle humor, and sensitive writing. Overwhelmed by their own lack of purpose, the men and women who populate these tales set out on unexpected journeys that present them with a fresh sense of hope and opportunity. Like flies in a spider's web, however, they cannot escape their surroundings - as none of us can. An impeccable craftsman, Desai elegantly reveals our human frailties and the power of place.

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Anita Desai is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner's Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Desai was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area. Anita Desai is the author of Fasting, Feasting, Baumgartner's Bombay, Clear Light of Day, and Diamond Dust, among other works. Three of her books have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Desai was born and educated in India and now lives in the New York City area.READER BIO Anne is an accomplished British actress with lead credits in stage, TV, commercials, voiceovers and audio books. She has over 300 audio book titles, in all genres, to her credit, along with several awards and distinctions. These include an American Library Association Special Services for Children Award, two AudioFile Earphone Awards, a Sukey Howard Favorite Selection, USA Today Recommended Listening, and three Audie Nominations.James Langton trained as an actor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, he has performed many voice-overs and narrated numerous audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Brotherhood of the Holy Shroud by Julia Navarro. He is also a professional musician who led the internationally renowned Pasadena Roof Orchestra from 1996 to 2002. James was born in York, England, and is now based in New York City.

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A Best Fiction Audiobook of 2012. ""Anita Desai's The Artist of Disappearance, captures refined longing in all of its lonely, repressed majesty."" - SoundCommentary Starred Review. .".".ensnaring novellas of consummate artistry and profoundly disquieting perceptions...master storyteller...provocative and mysterious..."" - Booklist .".".poignant and wry...a deft exploration of the limits people place on themselves by trying to cling to the past."" - Kirkus Reviews ""This collection leaves an indelible impression of the conflicts and ambitions found in a region riddled with conflict."" - Publishers Weekly Editors' Choice. ""Desai is a brilliant anatomist of men and women who seek and gain but fail to triumph."" - The New York Times ""A pleasurably irony reading about these lost landscapes of the Indian soul sketched so deftly by Anita Desai."" - NPR Book of the Week. ""You'll find yourself whipping through pages...stopping only to drool over their descriptions, which is the real treasure of this book, sentences as wondrous as the wonders they bring to life."" - Life Lift, The Oprah blog .".".superb...deceptively subtle, slightly surreal and profoundly insightful fiction."" - The Washington Post ""Desai explores [India] with such heart in this collection. It's a minute, multifarious world, totally unlike any other."" - Los Angeles Times .".".beautiful...Desai's novellas are classic, entranced with the grace of slowly unspooling narrative...breathtaking portraits of contemporary India..."" - Boston Globe ""As shrewd as she is compassionate, Desai crafts little snow globes in which characters - trapped, magnified and exposed to unfriendly eyes - try to find ways to live within their limits."" - The Columbus Dispatch ""This collection represents an author at the height of her powers. The stories found in The Artist of Disappearance feel light but are possessed of a significant inner strength, the clean and vivid prose akin almost to the fl