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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To show you some example of ultra-creativity of Desani, few small excerpts are presented below.

I get a view through it, though I should find difficulty in describing what I see. The ever-entertaining structure of each chapter is this: Backed the wrong filly, or, maybe, something the matter with haatterr as create-or! A partnership, a Quisseperabit?

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All About H. Hatterr

Almost everything that the subcontinental magic realists do Rushdie, foremost among them was pulled off in terms of sheer linguistic facility several decades before al, the all-too-imitable G. I am exulting over the thousand I got out of it. Hatterr on his wisdom-seeking quest, in which he encounters among other nuts the malaria-mad mystic Giri-Giri, a scheming sage who deals in used clothes, and Charlie, the steak-loving lion.

I am thinking about “holding on” to Brown’s copy for “a while”. J then, inexplicably, went underground to emerge twenty years later as a modern classic that defies classification. Among Desani’s more intriguing creations in Hali Hatterr is one of the most perfectly eccentric and strangely absorbing works modern English has produced.


Lists with This Book. Y strains of mysticism, and power Sir, I identify it a novel. I couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. It came back the same week.

The book opens with a Warning! Sir, if you do not identify your composition a novel, how then do we itemize it? But Hatterr is more readable by miles than Finnegans Wakeand a lot more fun. Perkins rosebuddies and he is dealing me a tuft of dog-grass!

All About H. Hatterr by G V Desani

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Written during World War II and published several times since its first appearance inthis page novel about a severely marginalized Other with a postscript fictional defence of meticulously counted eighty paragraphs anticipates and outdoes Bakhtin in its carnivalesqueheteroglossia, running riot with the language of the colonial masters in a manner that even Salman Rushdie would be proud to equal.

I shall regard your confidence as demi-official secret. The fellow had pilfered and profited by my idea and I wanted to learn him a lesson You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. It was the first great stroke of the decolonizing pen. Despite the linguistic and narrative revolution presaged by Hatterr, both his author and his text have been relegated to relative oblivion in the annals of Indian Writing in English.

I hate to be siding with T. Damme, what a vernacular explosion! This I did, knowing, hell, that between us was all the temperamental difference in the world!

When Hali first appeared in England ina chorus of distinguished praise greeted it. The book is narrated by the H. Hatterr The Bodley Head, London, However, a closer reading of this chapter suggests that Desani is not critiquing sexual dissidence per se, but rather, the hypocrisy of the spiritual men who encourage homosocial attachment, yet panic when that homosociality shifts into the erotic.


It is the synergetic combination of language and form that the novel gets this bizarre, exotic and immensely enjoyable quality. I apologized, postscripting me a mere slave of the critics. Now it is available on Amazon. Philip Toynbee says of its author, ” If Desani hadn’t stopped writing, he might have given us some masterful examples of a difficult genre, the comic novel.

Desani, has fallen so far from favour that the extraordinary All About H. London’s RidiculusmusTheatre produced another adaptation in and http: Please try again later.

Wildly funny and wonderfully bizarre, All About H. Hali Saturn Press, London, Views Read Edit View history. All I know is that I wanted to raise a family: Sir, itemise it accordingly. He practised raja-yoga and meditation under various gurus, travelling to Japan for specialized guidance.

My article humbly endeavours to re-discover this wayward maverick of Indian English of whom T. Hatterr, are from this Penguin India rpt.