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Out of India


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ON SALE: March 5, 2024 | Paperback | 288 pages | ISBN 9781619028425
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Captivating stories that launched Ruth Prawer Jhabvala’s career spanning twenty books and multiple awards, including the Booker Prize and a MacArthur Fellowship

This volume of stories, selected by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala from her own early work, represents the essence of her Indian experience. Bearing Jhabvala’s hallmark of balance, subtlety, wry humor, and beauty, these stories present characters that prove to be as vulnerable to the contradictions and oppressions of the human heart as to those of India itself.

About Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

RUTH PRAWER JHABVALA, born in 1927, wrote several novels and short stories, and in collaboration with James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, she won two Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay (for Howards End and A Room with a View). She won the Booker Prize in 1975 for Heat and Dust. She died in 2013.

Praise for Out of India

"...There is not a shoddy line or unnecessary word here; the book has the hallmark of balance, subtlety, humor and beauty." --New York Times Book Review

"In plain, unassuming prose that doesn't altogether conceal the tears and laughter that give it urgency, the story of many different Indias unfolds in these 15 tales... All the stories, unrelated but focusing on the search for a quiet center that justifies disjointed and woebegone lives, are woven together in a glowing tapestry enriched by profound knowledge, humor and compassion." --Publishers Weekly

"The writing is brilliant. The reader feels the excitement of seamlessly knitted images that grow, one out of another, into a woven cloth of world." --The Village Voice

"[A] collection of rare and exotic quality." --Boston Herald

"These stories do not demystify India; they pay the place tributes of empathy and grace." --Time Magazine

"Erotic, languorous tales, beautiful, haunting, finely crafted and memorably described." --The Dallas Morning News

"These stories are well-crafted and poignant. The characters become, to use a Jhabvala image, lighted candles burning in the windows of the world." --The Seattle Times

Praise for Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

"A writer of genius... A writer of world class--a master storyteller." --Sunday Times

"An allusiveness, a susceptibility to mood, a tenderness to which Chekhov was the exemplar." --V. S. Pritchett, author of Lasting Impressions

"Marvellous... each story perfectly constructed and complete." --Jane Gardam, author of Last Friends

"Her tussle with India is one of the richest treats of contemporary literature." --The Guardian

"Brutally honest, these stories cut straight to the heart of the matter." --The Good Book Guide

"Seductive... intelligent and frank... Jhabvala's troubled fragments provide consolation, not in art, but in the understanding that differences between continents and cultures cannot deny the common core of human yearnings" --Times Literary Supplement

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