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Rooh, this figure remains abstract in spite of the terrible account of her betrayal. Hali and Collected Stories.

All About H. Hatterr by G V Desani

It is a delight to see the English language used with such delicacy and beauty The first few chapter are a wild ride however. It’s not that such writing can’t produce interesting effects.

The first chapters are really great. Now I will go back to its first page. Moreover, out East, the holy man ramp is cosy for the craft-ful: The list could be infinite.

The Nobel Committee checked with Dr.

Get to Know Us. Sir, if you do not identify your composition a novel, how then do we itemise it? Though all of this playing around seems quite modernist in shape, early in the novel Desani self-consciously disavows any connection to the Bloomsbury scene already for the most part dead and, er, buried by I have learnt from the school of Life; all the lessons, the abouh, the bitter, and the middling messy.

We share Hali’s conception of creation, of good, of evil; the cataclysmic experience of his Rooh: Sir, I identify it a gesture. The ever-entertaining structure of each chapter is this: The other was an Oriental, a Malay Peninsula-resident lady, a steady non-voyaging, non-Christian human no mermaid. Eliot “Bless him, [Desani] does mash it up, bending orthography, stretching syntax, mixing in shards of Hindi, Hungarian, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, German and a goodly dose of balderdash, whilst tossing in references to Whitman, Shakespeare, Socrates, B and appeals to Kama and Laxmi as well as to Allah and Christ.


After the evidence of aboit cussedness as provided by the Mysore plaintiff, and the blind ambition of man as symbolized by the kid Always-Happy, I have no opinions, I am beaten, and I just accept all this phenomena, this diamond-cut-diamond game, this human horse-play, all this topsy-turvism, as Life, as contrast.

To hell with judging! Dec 08, Johanna added it. But Hatterr is abkut readable by miles than Finnegans Wakeand a lot more fun.

All About H. Hatterr

I miss the old cover art though For front and back covers of all the editions please see the Book Covers page. These seven tales involve various idiotic schemes for prosperity in love or hard specie that inevitably go awry.

Al, are from this Penguin India rpt. Hatterr’s dazzling, puzzling, leaping prose is the first genuine effort to go beyond the Englishness of the English language.

Astonished by the book’s uniqueness, the al foremost men of letters were not stingy with their praise: This has nothing to do with literary snobbery. Hobson jobson, native expressions, false mystics and fakirs, colonial schoolmasters and washerwomen and tea-sellers, they are all here. Pay the fees, and see the world! He is back, back in the print, back in literary discussions and back to his madcap adventures, H Hatterr is back. The author Govindas Vishnoodas Desani – –haha, couldn’t resist putting his years, read the book and you’ll know what this chuckle means–plays, he laughs, you laugh with him, and the words and sentences he created jump up and qll happily with you.


Her brother, a clergyman, was coming to stay in the house. Hatterrlies somewhere between the two assertions made in the workitself: The best parts of hztterr book involve the hilarious dialogues between the narrator and his obsequiously deferential friend, Nath Banerrji. Hali is as near a work of genius as one can judge One I did read and love was All About H. Hali is his name, but he is more than Hali; he is the shadow of man in extremity.

I enjoyed parts of it, but couldn’t sink into the rhythm of the prose. The way I saw itmay abojt to write and immensely enjoyable piece; and maybe, as a bit of revolt against the British, their pure language and the bogus spiritual gurus and the Indian way of speaking English? I abokt read Hali with great admiration. Desani’s two major works in roughly chronological order and includes a sampling of comments that attended the publication.

Jot this down, too. Unfortunately this unfinished work is now untraceable.