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SOURCE: An interview with Anita Desai, in World Literature Written in English, Vol. 30, No. 1, Spring, 1990, pp. 47-55.

Desai on Her Parents and Upbringing:

My mother met my father when he was a student in Germany. She married him there, and went to India in the late 1920's. She used to tell us stories about Germany, and she was such a marvelous storyteller that I felt as if her memories of Germany were my own.

We spoke German at home; it was the language in which I learned nursery rhymes and fairy tales. We spoke Hindi to all our friends and neighbors. I learned English when I went to school. It was the first language that I learned to read and write, so it became my literary language. Languages tend to proliferate around one in India, and one tends to pick up and use whatever is...

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