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her voice sweet with pleading

“She reached out her hand to catch Uma’s. ‘I need your help, beti,’ she coaxed, her voice sweet with pleading. Uma wrenched her hand free.”

— Anita Desai, Fasting, Feasting

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a cavernous cafeteria

“The truth was that he had no plans, only the hope that his time in the US would continue in this manner, that he could always share a cell of a room with a silent roommate who concealed his facial expressions behind a screen of smoke, that he would attend lectures where the lecturer never even learnt his name, and find food in a cavernous cafeteria where no one tried to sit beside him.”

— Anita Desai, Fasting, Feasting

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how glibly his father lied

“‘I’ll let you wear it one day—when you can say “Kur-fürst-en-damm”,’ he offered, and the child knew it was an offer that would evaporate along with all the others and looked away in embarrassment at how glibly his father lied.” 6 more words

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read Simone de Beauvoir

“‘Why do you want to waste your time reading Suvarna Devi? You won’t get a job at a university if you do. You need to read Jane Austen, George Eliot and Simone de Beauvoir. 31 more words

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the ambition to write

“Now she could laugh at those rejections and the way she had taken them to heart, letting their poison seep into her till the urge to write, the ambition to write, had quite died inside her.” 6 more words

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seeing and hearing and feeling

“Translating Suvarna Devi’s words and text into English was not so different, I thought, from what she herself must have felt when writing them in her own language, which was, after all, a kind of translation too—from seeing and hearing and feeling into syntax.” 6 more words

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unbeautiful, misshapen, fraught

“No, he had not escaped. He had travelled and he had stumbled into what was like a plastic representation of what he had known at home; not the real thing— which was plain, unbeautiful, misshapen, fraught and compromised— but the unreal thing— clean, bright, gleaming, without taste, savour or nourishment.”

— Anita Desai, Fasting, Feasting

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