"In Custody" by Anita Desai

Novel, 1984

Entertaining and often very funny story about a small town academic, who after being given the chance to interview a literary hero, finds himself exploited and gradually stripped of the means by which he’s keeping his life and sanity together. This is a light, relentless tale using occasionally fairly desperate circumstances to make social points but move the story of Deven’s downfall with a deft touch. Wonderfully atmospheric in places, but told with good humour and sparkling with a guide to morals and behaviours.

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