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Walter Nash, 15 September 1988

Ice-Candy-Man 
by Bapsi Sidhwa.
Heinemann, 277 pp., £11.95, February 1988, 0 434 70230 7
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Mistaken Identity 
by Nayantara Sahgal.
Heinemann, 194 pp., £10.95, April 1988, 0 434 66612 2
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Baumgartner’s Bombay 
by Anita Desai.
Heinemann, 230 pp., £10.95, July 1988, 0 434 18636 8
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... Mrs Pen smells of memories.’ Pale hands nobody loved – where are you now? For the actors in Nayantara Sahgal’s Mistaken Identity, the agonies of Partition have yet to be: nevertheless, the story anticipates them. This is an elegant, adroitly constructed, mordantly witty book, in which the general image and particular manifestation of our ...

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