Bye-Bye Black Bird - Anita Desai

Bye-Bye Black Bird

Written in vivid narrative and chiselled prose, Bye-Bye Blackbird explores the lives of the outsiders seeking to forge a new identity in an alien society. Set against England's green and grisly landscape, enigmatic and attractive to some, depressing and nauseating to others, it is a story of everyday heroism against subtle oppression, crumbling traditions and homesickness.

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'Characters glow with life, the scenes are delicately painted and the nuances of changing mood skillfully transmitted.' — The Hindu

'More than a novel, it is a psychological study of the love-hate relationship the immigrants have towards their country of adoption.' — Indian Express


Anita Desai was born in 1937 in Mussoorie but spent much of her early life in Delhi, where she received her B.A. in English Literature and graduated with honours from the University of Delhi.

As a writer she has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize three times. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Girton College, Cambridge and Clare Hall, Cambridge.

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