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The Zigzag Way

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ISBN: 9788184000764    Publisher: Random House Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 224        Language: English
Eric is a buttoned down Boston boy, a misfit in his family of hearty fisherfolk.Uncertain he will ever complete the book on immigration he has been funded to write, heimpetuously decides to follow his bossy...Read more
Eric is a buttoned down Boston boy, a misfit in his family of hearty fisherfolk.Uncertain he will ever complete the book on immigration he has been funded to write, heimpetuously decides to follow his bossy girlfriend to Mexico. There, he is seduced by the pageantryof this colourful new country and its old world charm, and stumbles on an astonishing discovery--his grandfather was one of the Cornish miners who worked the local mines more than a hundredyears ago, and once had another wife. Soon, Eric will find himself abandoning his own tentativefuture project in search of his family's other lives.The Zigzag Way is the story of twentieth century Mexico, through civil unrest and personal calamity;of the exploitation of the Mexican Indians, and their dubious saviours, such as the formidable DoƱaVera, widow of a mining baron, and Eric's own grandmother, a young Cornish girl whose grave lies ina hillside cemetery. And in unravelling their dark, often violent, histories on the Dia de los Muertos,the day locals celebrate and remember their dead, Eric comes face to face with his own story, its pastand present; even, the afterlife.Haunting and luminous, The Zigzag Way is a magical novel of strange, elegiac beauty.
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About the author: Anita Desai
Anita Desai is one of India's foremost write She has written sixteen works of fiction, including Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984), and Fasting,... Read more
Anita Desai is one of India's foremost write She has written sixteen works of fiction, including Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984), and Fasting, Feasting (1999), all shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In Custody was made into a film by Merchant Ivory productions, starring Shashi Kapoor and Om Puri. Her most recent novel is The Zig Zag Way (2004). A fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in London, the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, Girton College and Clare Hall at the University of Cambridge, and most recently the Sahitya Akademi in India, Anita Desai has also been a Professor of Writing at MIT and has frequently been honoured with awards among them the Alberto Moravia Prize for Literature and the Padma Shri. Born in Mussoorie to a German mother and a Bengali father, she was educated in Delhi, and currently divides her time between USA and Mexico.
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