Kiran Desai - Author

About the Author

Kiran Desai was born in India in 1971, and was educated in India, in England, and the United States. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard and The Inheritance of Loss.

 

Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on KIRAN DESAI

I found The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai a challenging read that richly repaid perseverance. Sai, a teenage girl lives with her anglicised grandfather in the town of Kalimpong in the Himalayas. This novel is a fascinating exploration of inequality, multiculturalism, globalization, fundamentalism and brutality – in every sense a search for identity. The author’s prose is lithe as a snake and a joy to read.

Featured books by Kiran Desai

Other books by Kiran Desai

Francesco Clemente Emblems of Transformation

Francesco Clemente Emblems of Transformation

Author: Kiran Desai, Louisa Elderton Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/04/2015

Inheritance of Loss

Inheritance of Loss

Author: Kiran Desai Format: eBook Release Date: 31/01/2015

In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace, when his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. The judge s cook watches over her distractedly, for his thoughts are often on his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another. Kiran Desai s brilliant novel, published to huge acclaim, is a story of joy and despair. Her characters face numerous choices that majestically illuminate the consequences of colonialism as it collides with the modern world.

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard

Author: Kiran Desai Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/10/2012

Sampath Chawla was born in a time of drought that ended with a vengeance the night of his birth. All signs being auspicious, the villagers triumphantly assured Sampath's proud parents that their son was destined for greatness. Twenty years of failure later, that unfortunately does not appear to be the case. A sullen government worker, Sampath is inspired only when in search of a quiet place to take his nap. But the world is round, his grandmother says. Wait and see! Even if it appears he is going downhill, he will come up the other side. Yes, on top of the world. He is just taking a longer route. No one believes her until, one day, Sampath climbs into a guava tree and becomes unintentionally famous as a holy man, setting off a series of events that spin increasingly out of control. A delightfully sweet comic novel that ends in a raucous bang, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard is as surprising and entertaining as it is beautifully wrought.

Der Guru im Guavenbaum

Der Guru im Guavenbaum

Author: Kiran Desai Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2010

Nach einem spektakularen Striptease auf der Hochzeit der Tochter seines Chefs verliert der junge Sampath Chawla, ein stadtbekannter Faulpelz, im nordindischen Shahkot seinen Job. Zwecks Erleuchtung klettert er auf einen Guavenbaum und weigert sich fortan, herunterzusteigen. Selbst die kostlichsten Speisen und eine eilends herbeigeschaffte Braut konnen ihn nicht dazu bewegen. Er gibt ein paar ratselhafte Weisheiten zum Besten, und schon hat er den Ruf eines heiligen Mannes. Eine indische Posse - so verruckt wie der Subkontinent selbst.

Erbin des verlorenen Landes

Erbin des verlorenen Landes

Author: Kiran Desai Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2010

In Kalimpong, an den Hangen des Himalaja, versammelt sich eine Reihe verschrobener Gestalten: Auf einem von Termiten zernagten Anwesen vergottert der Richter Jemu Patel seine Hundin Mutt. Die Enkelin Sai verliert sich in der Welt Jane Austens. In einer verruten Kuchenhohle werkelt der grantige Koch, dessen Sohn Biju sich im fernen New York als Kuchenhilfe durchschlagt. Kiran Desai zeichnet das faszinierend grundliche Psychogramm einer aufstrebenden Weltmacht.

Inheritance of Loss

Inheritance of Loss

Author: Kiran Desai Format: eBook Release Date: 03/04/2007

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2006 Man Booker Prize In a crumbling, isolated house at the foot of Mount Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas, lives an embittered judge who wants only to retire in peace from a world he has found too messy for justice. Then his orphaned granddaughter, Sai, arrives on his doorstep. It's the judge's cook who watches over the young girl distractedly, for the judge's thoughts are claimed by his son, Biju, who is hopscotching from one gritty New York restaurant to another, trying to stay a step ahead of the INS on an elusive search for a green card. Later, an Indian-Nepali insurgency in the mountains interrupts Sai's romance with her Nepali tutor and causes their lives to descend into chaos, and they are forced to confront their colliding interests. As the nation fights itself, the cook witnesses the hierarchy being overturned and discarded. And the judge must revisit his past and his own role in this grasping world of conflicting desires. In a generous vision, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, Desai presents the human quandaries facing a panoply of characters. This majestic novel of a busy, grasping time illuminates the consequences of colonialism and global conflicts of religion, race, and nationalism.

Author Info

Author's Facebook

Find Kiran Desai on Facebook

Twitter Updates

If this is your author page then you can share your Twitter updates with your readers right here on LoveReading

Find out more