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Publisher:Harman Publishing House
Published In:1988
ISBN-10:8185151040
ISBN-13:9788185151045
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:0.42 lbs
Pages:pp. ix + 83

The Title "A Critical Study of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock 1st Published" is written by S.L. Paul. This book was published in the year 1988. The ISBN number 8185151040|9788185151045 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 1st Published edition. This book has total of pp. ix + 83 (Pages). The publisher of this title is Harman Publishing House. We have about 210 other great books from this publisher. A Critical Study of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock 1st Published is currently Available with us.

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Contents

Preface

1. Survival of the Simplest Organism (Childhood)
2. A Private Vision
3. Psychology of the Unconscious
4. The Theme of Death-in-Life
5. Anita Desai's Pessimistic World-View
6. Maya or Maya
7. Tragic Waste of a Creative Life
8. The Title Cry, The Peacock
9. A Poetry Novel
10. Love and Death
11. Love and Detachment
12. East-West Relevance
13. The Moral Question
14. Mysticism

Conclusion

Preface

Precious little is known of Anita Desai's life and of her views on literature except what we gather from her occasional interviews, and which being mostly informatory in the matter-of-fact way, hide more than they show. Indeed what we know about her views on life and literature is only a tip of the ice-berg, as it were. The metaphor is dear to her, for she thinks that her own creative act is "a secret one and to make it public, to scrutinize it in the cold light of reason, is to commit an act of violence, possibly murder." For Anita Desai, the act of creation and the act of existence are not different because existence itself is creative. But since the sources of creation, according to her, are the dark and unreasonable depths of the unconscious, she is apprehensive regarding its expression. Consequently very little is known about Anita Desai's life beyond the bio-data that appears in various directories and works of reference. Born in Mussoorie on June 24, 1937 of a Bengali father and German mother, Anita Desai had her early education at Queen Mary's Higher Secondary School. Later she joined Miranda House, Delhi for her higher studies. She started writing at an early age around seven or eight, but except for a few tit-bits published in the school magazines and a short-story sent to the college magazine, Anita Desai did not publish anything. She had been resisting the pressure of creation for all these years, I suppose. But this pressure could not possibly be stemmed for long and at last it gathered force to burst out in the form of Cry, The Peacock in 1963. The novel was an instant success. Her second novel Voices in the City serialized in The Illustrated Weekly of India during 1965 repeated the success story. Since then she has published six novels Bye-Bye, Blackbird (1971), Where Shall We Go this Summer? (1975), Fire on the Mountain (1975), Clear Light of Day (1980), The Village by the Sea (1982) and In Custody (1985).

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