HEAT AND DUST by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (hier online bestellen)
Olivia Rivers, first wife of colonial officer Douglas Rivers, is the central character in this book which
is narrated by Anne, the granddaughter of Douglas Rivers by his second wife. In 1923, Olivia Rivers travels
to India to join Douglas at his post, but she has difficulty adjusting because the British maintain such
a distance from the Indians. Olivia finds a local man, Nawab, more interesting than British colonial
society, and eventually she develops an affair with him. In a parallel story, the narrator also becomes
enamored on an Indian man, her landlord Inder Lal.
About the author:
A Polish Jew, Jhabvala immigrated to England with her family in 1939. After receiving an M.A. in English
(1951) from Queen Mary College, London, she married an Indian architect and moved to India, where she
lived for the next 24 years. After 1975 she lived in New York City.
Jhabvala's first two novels, To Whom She Will (1955; U.S. title, Amrita) and The Nature of Passion (1956),
won much critical acclaim for their comic depiction of Indian society and manners. She was often compared
to Jane Austen for her microscopic studies of a tightly conventional world. Her position as both insider
and detached observer allowed her a unique, sometimes satirical perspective when describing Indian family
life, India's struggle to adapt to a new social mobility, and the clash between Eastern and Western ideals.
Her novel Heat and Dust (1975) won the Booker Prize and was made into a film in 1982. It tells parallel
stories of colonial and contemporary India. Her first departure from Indian subject matter occurred in
In Search of Love and Beauty (1983), which portrays Austrian and German refugees searching for spiritual
truths in New York. Poet and Dancer (1993) is the story of a destructive friendship between two women
living in New York City.
In addition to several original screenplays, Jhabvala wrote film adaptations of many novels, including
Henry James's The Bostonians (1984) and E.M. Forster's A Room With A View (1985) and Howards End (1992).
The latter two adaptations each won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay, in 1986 and 1992,
HEAT AND DUST by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
Taschenbuch: 192 Seiten
Verlag: Touchstone Books (September 1987)
Erscheinungsdatum: 26. Juni 1997
Preis: € 11,50
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