The Artist of Disappearance

Written by:
Anita Desai
Narrated by:
Anne Flosnik

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
December 2011
4 hours 32 minutes
Award-winning, internationally acclaimed author Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life's expectations and its realities in three perfectly etched novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate. All are served up with Desai's characteristic perspicuity, subtle humor, and sensitive writing. Overwhelmed by their own lack of purpose, the men and women who populate these tales set out on unexpected journeys that present them with a fresh sense of hope and opportunity. Like flies in a spider's web, however, they cannot escape their surroundings - as none of us can. An impeccable craftsman, Desai elegantly reveals our human frailties and the power of place.
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I think it's incredibly disrespectful to have white British actors read--and also perform accents for--a South Asian novel, given the history of colonization. I deeply loved Anita Desai's 1980 novel when I read it and was excited to read more from her, but I could only power through about 17 minutes of this audiobook before I needed to call it quits. Severely disappointed in how this publisher handled production (ethically), and the fact this platform is giving voice to this questionable decision. A huge miss for me. Also, unfortunately, rating this book low, simply because I couldn't listen through it. Anita Desai is a talented and reliable author who warrants more stars and praise than what I've given, if that's any consolation.

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