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The Artist of Disappearance

(2011)
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A triptych of beautifully crafted novellas make up Anita Desai's exquisite new book. Set in modern India, but where history still casts a long shadow, the stories move beyond the cities to places still haunted by the past, and to characters who are, each in their own way, masters of self-effacement.

In 'The Museum of Final Journeys' an unnamed government official is called upon to inspect a faded mansion of forgotten treasures, each sent home by the absent, itinerant master. As he is taken through the estate, wondering whether to save these precious relics, he reaches the final - greatest - gift of all, looming out of the shadows.

In 'Translator, Translated', middle-aged Prema meets her successful publisher friend Tara at a school reunion. Tara hires her as a translator, but Prema, buoyed by her work and the sense of purpose it brings, begins deliberately to blur the line between writer and translator, and in so doing risks unravelling her desires and achievements.

The final story is of Ravi, living hermit-like in the burnt-out shell of his family home high up in the Himalayan mountains. He cultivates not only silence and solitude but a secret hidden away in the woods, concealed from sight. When a film crew from Delhi intrudes upon his seclusion, it compels him to withdraw even further until he magically and elusively disappears...

Rich and evocative, remarkable in their clarity and sensuous in their telling, these stories remind us of the extraordinary yet delicate power of this pre-eminent writer.

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December 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-547-57745-1 / 978-0-547-57745-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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August 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
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ISBN: 0-7011-8620-8 / 978-0-7011-8620-3 (UK edition)
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July 2011 : Hardback
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Title: The Artist Of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 818400155X / 978-8184001556
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November 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-547-84012-8 / 978-0-547-84012-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Mariner Books
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August 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 0-09-955395-3 / 978-0-09-955395-3 (UK edition)
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July 1905 : Paperback
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Title: The Artist Of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 8184002815 / 978-8184002812
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January 2012 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
Publisher: Dreamscape Media, LLC
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January 2012 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
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December 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 1-61120-503-4 / 978-1-61120-503-9 (USA edition)
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December 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
ISBN: 1-61120-507-7 / 978-1-61120-507-7 (USA edition)
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December 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance: Three Novellas
Author(s): Anita Desai
Publisher: Mariner Books
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August 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Artist of Disappearance
Author(s): Anita Desai
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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