ANITA DESAI: BYE BYE BLACK BIRD
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Winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award (New Follow of the Akademi), Anita Desai (b.1937) has been active on the literary scene for over four decades now.
Her published works include adult novels, children's books and short stories. Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984) and Fasting, Feasting (1999) were all shortlisted for the Booker Prize, and The Village by the Sea won the Guardian Award for children's fiction in 1982. Anita Desai is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London, of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and of Girton College at the University of Cambridge. She teaches in the Writing Program at M I T and divides her time between India, Boston, Massachusetts and Cambridge, England.
Bye-Bye Blackbird is a psychological study of the love-hate relationship the immigrants have towards their country of adoption. The coloured immigrants from India and other countries-the blackbird-have a hard time in England. Many are partly rejected, other totally, but the flow continues. And Anita Desai has treated this theme in this widely acclaimed novel.
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