Anita Desai: Clear Light of Day

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  • Catherine Pesso-Miquel (Université Lyon II)

Anita Desai stands out as one of the best of the numerous Indian novelists who chose to write in English. Clear Light of Day, her seventh novel and one of the finest, first published in 1980, is widely taught in universities across the world, and has received considerable critical attention.

In Clear Light of Day there is very little “plot”, and useful references in terms of genre would be to Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner or Marcel Proust, as Desai explores the effects of history on individual characters, the interaction between past and present, and the workings of memory. Readers who enjoy “action” find the pace of Desai’s novels too slow: nothing much happens, and only the inner selves and vision of l…

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Pesso-Miquel, Catherine. "Clear Light of Day". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 July 2012
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English