Selected Pre-1980 Reviews

This section contains scanned copies of some of the many reviews garnered by G.V. Desani's books, as well as some interesting biographical notes. Note the pivotal role played by the editors of The Illustrated Weekly of India in drawing attention to Desani and his writings.

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1950s

"First 10 Reviews"

Undated

gvd_1st_10_reviews.pdf

Aldor Edition Promotional Piece

Undated

aldor_promopiece-combined.pdf

Illustrated Weekly of India, "London Home of Indian Author"

by Shakuntala Shrinagesh, April 10, 1949

gvd_london_flat_1950s-combined.pdf

Central Railway Magazine, "G.V. Desani's HALI"

unsigned, Oct., 1952

gvd_railway magazine_1952-0004.pdf

Central Railway Magazine, "A Portrait of a Stylist"

unsigned, Sept., 1952

railway_mag_1952-combined.pdf

1960s

Illustrated Weekly of India, "Face to Face", by S.V.V.

Feb. 14, 1965

face2face_iwi-combined.pdf

Illustrated Weekly of India, "Chiaroscuro"

by A.S.R. (Avadhanam Sita Raman), March 15, 1964

chiaroscuro_ASR_iwi_1964-combined.pdf

Illustrated Weekly of India, "Literary Traditions…"

P. Lal, "Literary Traditions - 6 (Final) / Indian Writing in English", Oct. 25, 1964

p_lal_traditions_iwi_combined.pdf

Illustrated Weekly of India, "All About G.V. Desani"

by C.R. Mandy, 1964

gvd_mandy_iwi-0002_combined.pdf

1970s

1970 Reviews


1970_reviews.pdf

The Guardian, "A Masterwork, Damme"

by P.J. Kavanagh, April 16, 1970

gvd_kavanaug_guardian_10_4_1970.pdf

The Scotsman, "Two-faced Comedy"

by Martin Seymour-Smith



scotsman_si-smith.pdf

New Statesman & Nation, "Unpindownable"

by Mary Borg, June 17, 1970

gvd_borg_newstateman_11_6_70.pdf

The Irish Press, "Keep Shooting"

by John Jordan, July 3, 1970

irish_press_1970.pdf

Newsweek, " 'Down the Alley, Bung-ho!' "

by S.K. Overbeck, June 22, 1970

newsweek_1970-combined.pdf

Time, "Towering Babel"

by Christopher Porterfield, July 20, 1970

time_1970.pdf

The New York Times, "London: A prolonged Cultural Siesta"

by Alan Brien, June 15, 1970

nytimes_brien_1970.pdf

Grimsby Evening Telegraph, "Eng.–But Gloriously Impure"

by J.C.W., April 30, 1970

gvd_grimsbyeveningtele_4_3_1970.pdf

Washington Star, "A Comic Rarity"

by Day Thorpe, June 21, 1970

wash_star_1970.pdf

Austin-American Stateman, "UT's Prof. Desani: Complex, Cultivated – and Contradictory"

by Cynthia Joyce, July 27, 1970

austin_stateman_1970_combined.pdf

Beaumont Enterprise and Journal, "Reissued Desani Novel Termed 'Modern Classic' "

by Violette Newton, July 19, 1970

gvd_beaumont_7_19_1970.pdf

Austin-American Stateman, "Theravada Buddhism Interest Rises Here"

by Robert Musgrove, March 29, 1970

gvd_stateman_1970-combined.pdf

Illustrated Weekly of India, "Not-So-Mad Hatterr"

"Editor's Page", August 2, 1970

gvd_iwi_editorsnote_5_2_1970.pdf

Austin-American Statesman, "Books"

by Bill Warren, August 9, 1970

statesman_warren.pdf