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Gabriele Annan: Anita Desai, 27 May 1999

Fasting, Feasting 
by Anita Desai.
Chatto, 240 pp., £14.99, June 1999, 0 7011 6894 3
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... them. Closet New Agers will be thrilled. The potential readership is huge.’ So boo squish to Vikram Chandra too, and a reprimand even for Vikram Seth, who doesn’t go in for mystical mythography, it is true, but might be accused of narrative plethora; he certainly fits in with the idea of fiction held by ...

Lots to Digest

Gabriele Annan, 3 August 1995

Red Earth and Pouring Rain 
by Vikram Chandra.
Faber, 520 pp., £15.99, June 1995, 0 571 17455 8
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... your national talent for fissiparousness.’ Indians are certainly not safe from Chandra’s irony, but it’s more affectionate than his contempt for the British and his dismay at America. He intercuts the monkey’s saga with Abhay’s journey across the States, which provides a rest from magic realism and Indian mythopoeia: there’s no ...

Light, Colour and Real Estate

Amit Chaudhuri: Vikram Chandra’s short stories of Bombay, 21 May 1998

Love and Longing in Bombay 
by Vikram Chandra.
Faber, 257 pp., £6.99, March 1998, 0 571 19208 4
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... and the Internet; a city governed by both primeval prejudice and relentless market forces. Chandra, in these stories, brilliantly captures the way Bombay persists in the gargantuan, newly-evolving Mumbai. His stories often inhabit an intermediate area in which two cities, for all practical purposes identical, but in fundamental ways different, begin to ...

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