from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southeast Idaho north-northeast of Pocatello. The site was originally developed as one of the few good fording points over the Snake River. Population: 52,800.


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  • The process of reconciliation has had its difficult moments – Andrew Wylie's row with Random House, for example, although that, too, had a conventional settlement this week when Wylie sold a four-page treatment for Kieran Desai's new novel to Knopf for a cool $2. 5m.

    Literature settles in to the electronic era

  • Dr. Desai's lawyer didn't respond to requests for comment.

    Las Vegas Generic-Drug Labeling Case in Crosshairs

  • Mr. Eglet said that the 50-milliliter bottles sold to Dr. Desai's clinics are so large they could cover two or more procedures, and that doctors often reuse leftover propofol.

    Las Vegas Generic-Drug Labeling Case in Crosshairs

  • Over the years, Ms. Desai's work has evoked lost worlds and paid homage to memory, art and language.

    Voice of the East, Heard From the West

  • In the novella "Translator Translated," one of three in Anita Desai's collection "The Artist of Disappearance" Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 156 pages, $23 , a reclusive professor named Perma Joshi experiences a rare joyful feeling of communion as she translates a novel from the Indian language Oriya into English.

    Rapt in Translation; Zombie Zoology

  • McHugh's superb story collection "After the Apocalypse" Small Beer, $16, 188 pages are on balance far more resilient than Ms. Desai's mousy hermits.

    Rapt in Translation; Zombie Zoology

  • Ms. Desai's other novellas follow similarly tapering trails from the discovery of some secret wonder to an eventual disappointment.

    Rapt in Translation; Zombie Zoology

  • Anita Desai's new book is her best since Fasting, Feasting and shares the apocalyptic vision of her extraordinary Fire on the Mountain.

    The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai – review

  • Only a few stay free: like Suvarna Devi, Ravi – Desai's last true artist – is still happy in the village, making a new, even smaller world in a matchbox.

    The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai – review

  • The characters, sketched in with Desai's usual blend of irony and tender sympathy, are people who look at pictures and read books: the rich who collect and neglect art, the civil servants who fail to support it, the adapters and critics and publishers who cluster round the edges, their restless jostling muddying and blurring its outlines.

    The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai – review


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