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Rosarita Signed First Edition

Anita Desai author

Format:Hardback

Publisher:Pan Macmillan

Published:4th Jul '24

£12.99

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From three times Booker-shortlisted writer Anita Desai, Rosarita is an exquisite story of art, memory and what happens when the past threatens to re-write the present.

'Anita Desai is a magnificent writer' - Salman Rushdie

From three times Booker-shortlisted author Anita Desai, Rosarita is a beautiful, haunting novel that explores memory, grief, and a young woman’s determination to forge her own path.


A young student sits on a bench in a park in San Miguel, Mexico. Bonita is away from her home in India to learn Spanish. She is alone, somewhere she has no connection to. It is bliss.

And then a woman approaches her. The woman claims to recognize Bonita because she is the spitting image of her mother, who made the same journey from India to Mexico as a young artist. No, says Bonita, my mother didn’t paint. She never travelled to Mexico. But this strange woman insists, and so Bonita follows her. Into a story where Bonita and her mother will move apart and come together, and where the past threatens to flood the present, or re-write it.

**Praise for Anita Desai**

Hypnotically beautiful and subtle’ - Financial Times
‘Bewitchingly beautiful’ - The Times
‘Profoundly elegiac’ - New Statesman

I can’t wait for the new Anita Desai novel, Rosarita. She’s a writer I’ve loved since my adolescence, whose sharp observations and elegant sentences I admire increasingly as the years go on. Every new work from her is a gift. -- Kamila Shamsie, Stylist Summer Reads
Her writing is sensuous, radical and uncannily perceptive * The Times *
To compare Anita Desai's fiction with that of Chekhov or the short stories of Tolstoy is not extravagant; it is entirely warranted * Irish Times *
Anita Desai is one of the most brilliant and subtle writers ever to have described the meeting of eastern and western culture -- Alison Lurie
All her stories are full of a confidence in human nature that is a rarity and a pleasure to encounter * The Spectator *
Desai has a wicked, subtle humour...and her characters are beautifully described... Her writing is polished and mature, with a wit she cleverly underplays * Daily Telegraph *
One of the most gifted of contemporary Indian writers * New Yorker *
Anita Desai writes exquisitely * Scotsman *
She has the ability to shape and refine a piece of work of her own intense imagination into an independent work of art * The Times *
A tantalising tale of memory, family and fantasy . . . evocative, subtle and enigmatic. Desai revels in equivocation and possibility, embracing the ambiguity of memory itself to tell a shimmering, sometimes fevered tale in which a mother and daughter are pulled apart and fused together * Financial Times *

ISBN: 9781035044436-SF

Dimensions: 206mm x 139mm x 14mm

Weight: 196g

112 pages