Anita Desai

Why the Welsh Went to Mexico

The Zigzag Way


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FORSAKING HER NATIVE India (in which almost all of her novels have been set), Anita Desai here writes of Mexico and, in particular, of a mining town in the far north of the country. In the past, the quest for silver brought huge wealth to a handful of native families and some foreign exploiters. Now the mines have long since either collapsed or been closed.

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