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Journey To Ithaca
Journey To Ithaca
Author : Anita Desai
Publisher : NA
Language : English
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No Of Pages : 356
Sophie and Matteo are young and in love, and share a dissatisfaction with their bourgeois Italian upbringing. Naturally, like so many other young Westerners in the sixties and seventies, they come to India. But the realities of life in an ashram ignite their differences; Sophie wants to be a tourist and go to Goa and eat shrimp, which Matteo scorns, seeking the ‘real’ India. Pragmatic Sophie is disillusioned by the hardships they encounter, while her husband, who yearns for spiritual fulfillment, sees only the purity of ascetic life, leading him to Mother, a charismatic guru.

Trying to reclaim an ailing Matteo, Sophie embarks on a new journey in search of a different truth; that of Mother’s mysterious past. Soon, she finds that the immortal has a history of her own; born in Cairo, she was once Laila, a dancer who toured the world before coming to Bombay to search for ‘divine love’. What each of the three people discover, on their individual quests, is at its heart, that ancient truth: that wisdom is found in the journey itself.

A stirring exploration of emotional exile, of sacred and profane love, Journey to Ithaca is a masterful novel.

About the Author
Anita Desai is one of India’s foremost writers. She has authored sixteen works of fiction, including Clear Light of Day (1980), In Custody (1984), and Fasting, Feasting (1999) - all shortlisted for the Booker Prize – as well as Baumgartner’s Bombay (1988).

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 been awarded 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 the US and Mexico.
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