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Anita Desai

Data di nascita: 24. Giugno 1937

Anita Desai è una scrittrice indiana.


„L'idea che avevo della Sicilia, mi derivava dalla lettura de Il Gattopardo di Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa e dai libri di Carlo Levi. L'immaginavo come un luogo austero e desolato, con le sue colline pietrose e rocce puntute, condannata alla povertà. Visitando la Sicilia, ho sì trovato quelle colline, quella luce accecante che avevo scoperto nei libri, ma la loro bellezza e magnificenza è di gran lunga superiore a quella che avevo immaginato. E l'aria di povertà aveva lasciato il posto a un senso di crescita e di prosperità, con vigne lussureggianti, distese di alberi d'ulivo e infiniti campi di grano. Nei paesi che ho visitato, ho visto moderne abitazioni (le vecchie case erano state buttate giù dai terremoti tempo fa) e gente seduta nei caffè e nelle spiagge, niente affatto rozzi o bisognosi. Dunque mi sembra di vedere una Sicilia che si risveglia e che si muove con determinazione per raggiungere il resto dell'Italia in termini di turismo, commercio e tecnologia. L'ammetto: spero proprio che la Sicilia conservi per sempre i suoi costumi, la sua storia e la bellezza della sua terra.“

„Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.“


„Isn't it strange how life won't flow, like a river, but moves in jumps, as if it were held back by locks that are opened now and then to let it jump forwards in a kind of flood?“

„... the moon that hung over the garden like some great priceless pearl, flawed and blemished with grey shadowy ridges as only a very great beauty can risk being.“

„Usually a feeling of disappointment follows the book, because what I hoped to write is not what I actually accomplished. However, it becomes a motivation to write the next book.“

„Reality is merely one-tenth visible section of the iceberg that one sees above the surface of the ocean - art remaining nine-tenths of it that lies below the surface. That is why it is more near Truth than Reality itself. Art does not merely reflect Reality - it enlarges it.“

„They never looked at anyone else, only at each other, with an expression that halted me. It was tender, loving, yes, but in an inhuman way, so intense. Divine, I felt. Or insane.“

„The wheel turns and turns and turns: it never stops and stands still.“ The Village by the Sea


„... People stop, stare. No one stop and stare if one of your own beggars drop dead in street. No just step over him like he is a stone, or a dog turd and go away quickly. But when they see a white man with golden hair lying on the street, everyone stop, everyone cry, "Hai - hai, - poor boy, call doctor, call ambulance. What has happen, Farrokh-bhai?"..."

- Farrokh said to Baumgartner when he wanted to get rid of the reluctant, overly drugged homeless foreigner out of his restaurant. (Page 167)“
Baumgartner's Bombay

„At first she mistook them for sheets of pink crepe paper that someone had crumpled and carelessly flung down the hillside, perhaps after another astonishing party at the club. A moment later she remembered her great-grandmother's words and saw that they were hosts of wild pink zephyranthes that had come up in the night after the first fall of rain.“ Fire on the Mountain

„Although it was shadowy and dark, Bim could see as well as by the clear light of day that she felt only love and yearning for them all, and if there were hurts, these gashes in her side that bled, then it was only because her love was imperfect and did not encompass them thoroughly enough, and because it had flaws and inadequacies and did not extend to all equally.“ Clear Light of Day

„It seemed to her that the dullness and the boredom of her childhood, her youth, were stored here in the room under the worn dusty red rugs, in the bloated brassware, amongst the dried grasses in the swollen vases, behind the yellowed photographs in the oval frames-everything, everything that she had so hated as a child and that was still preserved here as if this were the storeroom of some dull, uninviting provincial museum.“ Clear Light of Day


„Quick, nervy and jumpy -yet to the children she was as constant as a staff, a tree that can be counted on not to pull up its root and shift in the night. She was the tree that grew in the centre of their lives and in whose shade they lived.“ Clear Light of Day

„Greenness hangs, drips and sways from every branch and twig and frond in the surging luxuriance of July.“ Fasting, Feasting

„It was as if the curtains came down on all this, if not entirely obliterated it, when the monsoon rose up in the thunderous clouds from the parched valley below to engulf the hills, invade them with the opaque mist in which a pine tree or a mountain top appeared only intermittently, and then unleashed a downpour that brought Ravi's rambling to a halt and confined him to the house for days at a time, deafened by the rain drumming on the rooftop and cascading down the gutters and through the spouts to rush downhill in torrents.“ The Artist of Disappearance

„Everything in the house turned damp; the blue fur of mildew crept furtively over any object left standing for the briefest length of time: shoes, bags, boxes, it consumed them all. The sheets on the bed were clammy when he got between them at night, and the darkness rang with the strident cacophony of the big tree crickets that had been waiting for this, their season.“ The Artist of Disappearance

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