Baumgartner's Bombay

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Vintage, Feb 8, 2001 - Bombay (India) - 229 pages
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Hugo Baumgartner, The Central Character Of Anita Desai'S Dazzling Novel, Is A Wandering Jew All His Life. From The Agonising Scenes Of His Childhood In Pre-War Berlin, Through His Spell In Business In Calcutta And Then Bombay, He Simply Does Not Belong. Too Dark For Hitler'S Society He Is Too Fair For India; He Remains A Firanghi, A Foreigner, Wherever He Goes' Daily Telegraph 'Anita Desai Writes Beautifully, Employing An Opulent Vocabulary To Great Effect In Her Physical Descriptions.The Achievement Of A Superior Writer' Literary Review'A Book That Puts To Shame All The Little Epithets And Pert Clichés That Praise May Offer' London Review Of Books

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User Review  - artikaur - LibraryThing

This book was just "okay." I honestly was expecting a lot more from this book, but the storyline was just so implausible. I mean, first Baumgartner leaves his widowed mother alone in war-torn Germany ... Read full review

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User Review  - srl629 - LibraryThing

Hugo Baumgartner, a Berlin Jew who came all the way to India to escape the Nazis, has a seedy apartment behind Bombay's Taj Hotel. He lives for his cats, going out each day with a plastic bag to ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Anita Desai was born and educated in India. Her published works include many award-winning short story collections and novels, three of which have been shortlisted for the Booker Prize, most recently Fasting, Feasting. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and lives in New York State.

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