In Custody Background

In Custody Background

In Custody was published in 1984 by author Anita Desai and is one of her most well-known novels. The American-Indian author has won a number of awards, including the British Guardian Prize, while In Custody was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In 1993, Desai's novel was adapted into a film of the same name, directed by Ismail Mechant.

The novel is about the classic Indian poet Nur, who is interviewed by Deven, a disillusioned literature teacher. Nur has always been a great idol of Devan, and so the interview is highly anticipated. However, the reality is vastly different than Deven's expectations and he finds that the great poet Nur is not what he seems to be. Nur lives in terrible living conditions and the interview doesn't take place. In the end, Deven ends up without an interview recording, instead leaving with a lot of expenses from the trip.

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