Lee Langley

The gringo’s progress

In his History of the Conquest of Mexico, Prescott described the bafflement of the Spanish arriving in a country where savagery and sweetness, blood sacrifice and delicate manners co-existed unsettlingly. In Mexico nothing was straightforward.

Anita Desai is known, and acclaimed, for her novels about India. The sub- continent is her birthplace and literary territory.

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