Wasafiri Bundle – Anita Desai

Over four decades, Wasafiri has been privileged to work with a range of renowned authors across the world, and to follow their careers as they have developed and thrived. In each bundle in this series, we're highlighting a specific writer with whom Wasafiri has enjoyed a particularly close relationship, and offering four issues from across the archive that best exemplify their work.

The Anita Desai bundle includes Wasafiri 21: India, South Asia and the Diaspora; Wasafiri 59: Everything to Declare, our 25th anniversary issue; Wasafiri 57: Jewish/Postcolonial Diasporas, and Wasafiri 81; and a Wasafiri tote bag — for just £33. It's a brilliant mix of issues across our archive, featuring Desai's prose, essays, and interviews.

Wasafiri 81

Fiction by Gajanan Madhav Muktibodh, Stanley Onyewuchi, Amyn Rafiq and Dreux Richard

Poetry by Kamau Brathwaite, Nina Bhatt, Amali Rodrigo, Beverley Nsengiyunva, Louisa Adoja Parker

Interview James Berry, Anita Desai, Shyam Selvadurai and Minoli Salgado

Essay Sasenarine Persaud

Articles Trauma and terror in Janette Turner Hospital's Orpheus Lose, and Wally Carr and the writing process

Art Essay Jacqueline Bishop: Jamaican Views, Frames, Vistas and Images

Reviews Meta DuEwa Jones's The Music is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word, Hanif Kureishi's The Last Word, Xiaolu Guo's I Am China, Tash Aw's Five Star Billionaire, Mohsin Hamid's How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Gaiutra Bahadur's Coolie Woman: The Odyssey of Indenture, Yvonne Adhimbo Owuor's Dust and Stephen Morton's States of Emergency: Colonialism, Literature and Lawand more...


Wasafiri 59: Everything to Declare

Essays Fred D'Aguiar, Anita Desai, Maya Jaggi and Kamila Shamsie

Fiction by Gita Hariharan, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Christie Watson and Zoë Wicomb

Poetry by Moniza Alvi, Sujata Bhatt, Michael Horovitz, Karen McCarthy and Nii Ayikwei Parkes

Interviews with Chinua Achebe, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Doris Lessing and Ahdaf Soueif

Art Essay on Aubrey Williams

and more...



Wasafiri 57: Jewish/Postcolonial Diasporas

Interviews Linda Grant and Vikram Seth

Poetry by Richard Berengarten, Jenni Daiche, Ruth Fainlight and Elaine Feinstein

Fiction Ian Craine and Samir El-Youssef

Anita Desai’s Ca'Foscsari Prize acceptance speech, Venice 2008

Art Essay Israeli Art Reflecting Cultural Trauma

Articles on the East End Bildungsroman from Israel Zangwill to Monica Ali, Cixous and Derrida, Nazi Cinema, Fanon and Klüger

Reviews of Jacqueline Rose's The Last Resistance and Question of Zion, Linda Grant's The People on the Street: A Writer’s View of Israel, Rozena Maart's The Writing Circle, Estha David's Shalom India Housing Society and Arun Kundnani's The End of Tolerance

and more...

Wasafiri 21: India, South Asia and the Diaspora

Interviews V S Naipaul and Vikram Seth

Essay Anita Desai

Poetry Smita Agarwal, Meena Alexander, Moniza Alvi, Debjani Chatterjee, Dilip Chitre, Achmat Dangor, Keki Daruwalla, Imtiaz Dharker, Ketaki Kushari Dyson, Romesh Gunesekera, Suman Gupta, Kaiser Haq, Adil Jussawalla, Tabish Khair, Sasenarine Persaud, Melanie Silgardo, Eunice de Souza, Satyendra Srivastava and Jeet Thayil

Reviews Romesh Gunesekera's Reef, Fred D'Aguiar's The Longest Memory, Aijaz Ahmed's In Theory: Classes, Nations, Literatures, Paul Gilroy's The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness and Lucy Sapho's Cry a Whisper

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