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Hardback, [PU: McPherson & Co Publishers,U.S.], G.V. Desani broke his silence forty years after the appearance of his classic novel, All About H. Hatterr, with this volume of twenty-three stories and one long prose poem, only the second full-length book of his fiction ever to be published. Many of the stories appeared first in literary anthologies and magazines over the past thirty years, including The Noble Savage (edited by Saul Bellow), Illustrated Weekly of India, Transatlantic Review, and Boston University Journal. The stories are mostly written in the humorous mode of his novel, relying upon comic timing and his keen sense of the incongruities in contemporary life. They often captivate in the same way as Indres Shah's Sufi learning tales, and the titles alone convey a sense of the interpenetration of India's cultures: "Suta Abandoned," "Mephisto's Daughter," "The Second Mrs. Was Wed in a Nightmare," "Gypsy Jim Brazil to Kumari Kinshino," "Country Life, Country Folk, Cobras, Thok," ..".Since Nation Must Export, Smithers," "The Lama Arupa." Whether send-ups of colonialism or lampoons of conventionality, there is a seriousness to Desani's comedy that crosses cultural boundaries and racial identification. The long prose-poem, "Hali," was originally issued in 1950, adapted for the stage in London, broadcast several times over BBC radio, and then, after being pirated three times, was suppressed by the author for twenty years until this publication. "Hali" is a complementary opposite to All About H. Hatterr: it is the writer's vision of cosmic creation and human destiny, marrying Hindu, Buddhist, Islamic and other Indian religious traditions into a cathartic drama. E.M. Forster said of it: "Private mythologies are dangerous devices. You have succeeded wonderfully... It keeps evoking heights above the summit of normal achievement where the highest aspirations reach." The Times Literary Supplement termed it "haunting," and The Librarian declared it "as near a work of genius as one can judge." This is the definitive fourth edition, and also the first authorized U.S. publication of this work., Contemporary Fiction

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McPherson. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket. 1991. Hardcover. 0929701127 . This book is in very good condition; no remainder marks. Dustjacket does have some shelfwear; corner tears at the top. Some corner creasing to the first 12 pages from improper storage. Inside pages are clean. Solid study or reading copy but not for collectors. ; 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.90 inches; 207 pages ., McPherson, 1991

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N.Y.: The Macmillan Co., 1969 131 pgs. 64 Colour plates. Clipped dust jacket with very light corner wear. History, colours, patterns, symbolism; a practical guide with colour examples.. Later Printing. Cloth. Near Fine/Vg+. 12mo. Hard Cover., The Macmillan Co., 1969, McPherson. Used - Very Good. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear., McPherson

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Hali and Collected Stories

Desani, born in Kenya, educated in India and currently a professor at the University of Texas, offers his first book in some 40 years: 23 stories and fables, along with a dramatic prose poem, that range from bleakness to ironic comedy and from supernatural tales to highly mannered satires. The prose poem - which tells the story of "Hali," who loves Rooh, whose death plunges Hall into grief and a mystical journey - is most noteworthy as an example of private mythology turned into accessible invocation. The supernatural element in many of the other fictions is strong: "The Valley of Lions," for example, is short and visionary; "Mephisto's Daughter" concerns a narrator who has access to "Old Ugly's daughter"; and "The Lama Arupa" follows the holy man of the title through "several states of consciousness" after his death until he returns as a chicken. "The Merchant of Kisingarh" is told by a deceased merchant speaking through his son, a sometime medium. These pieces manage to be both wry and penetrating by turns, while "The Last Long Letter" - an epistolary tale about a daughter sent away to meet her future groom, a boy who turns out to be visionary - is consistently bittersweet. "A Border Incident," more traditional, tells of a man punished (mildly) for deserting his post to save a boy's life. Desani also offers a mock lecture ("Rudyard Kipling's Evaluation of His Own Mother") on one of Kipling's more ludicrous compositions, and he closes with the phantasmagoric "The Mandatory Interview of the Dean" - a madcap satire of bureaucracy and officiousness offered up in a style that is rich and frothily indulgent. A varied collection, impressive in its use of religious and personal mythology - and lushly descriptive of a sensibility and a culture that is part English, part Indian, and uniquely Desani's own. (Kirkus Reviews)

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EAN (ISBN-13): 9780929701127
ISBN (ISBN-10): 0929701127
Hardcover
Publishing year: 1991
Publisher: MCPHERSON & CO
207 Pages
Weight: 0,426 kg
Language: eng/Englisch

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