All About H. Hatterr
  • Author: Desani, G.V.
  • Binding: Clothbound
  • Pages: 320
  • Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/2"
  • Pub. Year: 1986
  • ISBN: 0-914232-79-7
  • In Stock: No
Price: RFQ Only
THIS EDITION IS OUT OF PRINT. ALL ABOUT H. HATTERR IS NOW PUBLISHED BY NEW YORK REVIEW PRESS

With an introduction by Anthony Burgess and two pages of final additions by the author, this is the definitive edition of G.V. Desani's outrageously comic novel of 1949, which chronicles the adventures of one H. Hatterr, a ne'er-do-well Anglo-Indian, as he seeks wisdom from the seven sages of India -- a journey perpetually punctuated by Hatterr's ineptitudes. The critic D.J. Enright, in A Mania for Sentences, cites Salman Rushdie's declaration that Desani's importance was to take the colonial bequest and turn it against itself: "The instrument of subservience became a weapon of liberation. It was the first great stroke of the decolonizing pen."

Readers interested in All About H. Hatterr should consider also Desani's Hali and Collected Stories, via the link below.

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"Now, for a mere $10, you can marvel at one of the great verbal extravaganzas in the English (more or less) language."
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AUTHOR:
G. V. Desani was born on July 8, 1909 in Nairobi, Kenya, the son of an Indian merchant, and was reared in India. In the late 1930s, and throughout the war, he was a BBC broadcaster and lectured on India throughout England. All About H. Hatterr was written and published in 1948,...
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