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In Custody by Anita Desai

Set in India in the early 1980’s this story revolves around Deven, a teacher of Hindi, who interviews the great but reclusive poet Nur. His contacts with Nur begin to take on a pattern of self-destruction, leading him into debt and dishonour. In a novel rich in wisdom and detail, the author deals lovingly with India while developing universal themes.
Anita Desai was born in India.

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In Custody by Anita Desai