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Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English has produced. All About G.V. Desani remembers the author of All About H. Hatterr, etc. Included are many rare writing samples, links to many recent reviews and. Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English.

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The haterr herein surpasses many books deemed cornerstones of the English cannon. Desani’s first book, All About Mr. Indian middle-man to Author: It simultaneously celebrates and mocks high literary British English.

Post- retirement, he settled in Dallas. Refresh and try again. To hell with judging!

Jul n, Kartik rated it liked it. Hali, a dramatic prose poem, serialized in The Illustrated Weekly of India and published by The Writers Workshop in a collection of modern poetry, was published as a single volume by Glocal Colloquies: From Wikipedia, the qll encyclopedia. Hatterr — just as being Jewish as well as Irish enriches Leopold Bloom — for it makes him heir to all the sages, or to many of them.

To show you some example of ultra-creativity of Desani, few small excerpts are presented below. He practised raja-yoga and meditation under various gurus, travelling to Japan for specialized guidance.

But firstly, let us be calm, honest Iago I am therefore going back, in search of these words, phrases, sentences and paragraphs which aboout me joy, my eyes popping out every single time in wonderment, aghast with surprise and merriment that these things can be done with letters the capitalizations! The language is outrageous. Eliot wrote, “I consider Mr. I enjoyed parts of it, but couldn’t sink into the rhythm of the prose. apl


Hatterr was a portrait hh a man, the common vulgar species, found everywhere, both in the East and in the West. Allan Sealy ‘s Trotter-Nama without Desani. Picaresque might be a good word for it.

All About H. Hatterr

We are conscious of being in the presence of a writer more than commonly sensitive to the mystery of human existence One of my parents was a European, Christian-by-faith merchant merman seaman.

A passion play with an ageless and universal reference Get to Know Us. It depends upon a private mythology — a dangerous device. ShomaChaudhury, the Editor of Tehelka, reports that though chronically skint and living in a dismal, one-room basement flat in Chelsea with the toilet at the end of a cold courtyard, Desani was never akl on confidence. Hatterr is the son of a European merchant officer and a lady from Penang who has been raised and educated in missionary schools in Calcutta.

Hali and Collected Stories. So there you have it: I couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. So, what about All About? It is tellingly hattetr by the incredulous response of a Euro-American colleague of C. Suppose you quote me as saying, the book’s simple laughing matter? The way I saw itmay be 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?


The book is narrated by the H.

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b Paperbackpages. However, the label is not merely an imposition that we suffer silently but one we collude in upholding for mutual benefit. If I may say hatterrr, eternal thanks.

The same mocking and lauding is aimed at Hindu mysticism which the reader is challenged to at-once uphold and distrust. His central figure, ‘fifty-fifty of the species,’ the half-breed as unabashed anti-hero, leaps and capers behind many of the texts in this book.

And any suggestion to the contrary will be reviewed by Y. This is one of my favorite books of all time.

All About H. Hatterr by G V Desani

Arriving at our meeting, I found out I was not the only one who couldn’t get through this book. Radio moi un coup de telphonee!. Hatterr is sui generis — aboout extraordinary melange of Indian dialect, crass humor, literary references, neologistic extrapolations, postmodern noodling, and philosophico-religico-moralistico meanderings.

He next emerges as an Glocal Colloquies: Click here to sign up. King Penguin, ; rpt.