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Set in colonial India during the 1920s, Heat and Dust tells the story of Olivia, a beautiful woman suffocated by the propriety and social constraints of her position as the wife of an important English civil servant. Longing for passion and independence, Olivia is drawn into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply involved in gang raids and criminal plots. She is intrigued by the Nawab's charm and aggressive courtship, and soon begins to spend most of her days in his company. But then she becomes pregnant, and unsure of the child's paternity, she is faced with a wrenching dilemma. Her reaction to the crisis humiliates her husband and outrages the British community, breeding a scandal that lives in collective memory long after her death.

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Winner of the Booker Prize as best novel of the year in 1983, Heat and Dust was also made into a major motion picture starring Julie Christie, now regarded by many as a classic.

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Set in India, HEAT AND DUST is the story of Olivia, a beautiful, spoiled, bored English colonial wife in the 1920s who is drawn inexorably into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply involved in plots and intrigues. Olivia outrages the tiny, suffocating town where her husband is a civil servant by eloping with the captivating Nawab. It is also the story of Olivia's step-granddaughter who, fifty years later, is drawn to India by her fascination with the letters left behind by the now dead older woman, and by her obsession with solving the enigma of Olivia's scandal. A penetrating and compassionate love story, this brilliant novel immerses the reader in the heat, dust, and squalor of India, while providing a compelling mixture of the spiritual and the sensual.

About the Author

Jhabvala was born of Polish parents in Germany, and was raised in London. She is a MacArthur Fellow and has been honored with an Award in Literature from the AmericanAcademy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Delhi and New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780671646578
Author:
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer
Publisher:
Touchstone
Author:
Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
India
Subject:
History
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
British
Subject:
Near and far eastern fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Women -- India -- Fiction.
Subject:
Married women -- India -- Fiction.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Fireside ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
0188-1968
Publication Date:
19870915
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.62x5.54x.48 in. .42 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Winner of the Booker Prize as best novel of the year in 1983, Heat and Dust was also made into a major motion picture starring Julie Christie, now regarded by many as a classic.
"Synopsis" by , Set in India, HEAT AND DUST is the story of Olivia, a beautiful, spoiled, bored English colonial wife in the 1920s who is drawn inexorably into the spell of the Nawab, a minor Indian prince deeply involved in plots and intrigues. Olivia outrages the tiny, suffocating town where her husband is a civil servant by eloping with the captivating Nawab. It is also the story of Olivia's step-granddaughter who, fifty years later, is drawn to India by her fascination with the letters left behind by the now dead older woman, and by her obsession with solving the enigma of Olivia's scandal. A penetrating and compassionate love story, this brilliant novel immerses the reader in the heat, dust, and squalor of India, while providing a compelling mixture of the spiritual and the sensual.
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