Voices in the City - Anita Desai

Voices in the City

Based on the life of the middle-class intellectuals in Calcutta, Voices in the City is an unforgettable story of a bohemian brother and his two sisters caught in the cross-currents of changing social values. In many ways the story reflects a vivid picture of India's social transition — a phase in which the older elements are not altogether dead, and the emergent ones not fully evolved.

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'... has a vitality that highlights a compulsive creative talent... There is a convincing fury about this novel.'Sunday Times, London

'... succeeds in creating a living, imaginative and eloquent impression of India.' The Times, London


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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