Author: Mulk Raj Anand
Title: Conversations in Bloomsbury
Year of publication: 1981
Place of publication: New Delhi
Ownership: See below
General comments: This is a first edition published in Delhi. You will notice that it is inscribed by Anand himself (signed ‘Uncle Mulk’) as he describes this book as the echoes of a troubled past. It was a gift to Krishan Gould (from the ex libris sticker), who was an actor and a television producer for the BBC One show Asian Magazine in the 1980s, which was a show that focussed on the South Asian diaspora in Britain.
The book now belongs to Anouk Lang, one of my lecturers at the University of Edinburgh. One of my other lecturers, Olga Taxidou, first showed us this book. She and Anouk both teach a course on Global Modernisms, and Anand’s Conversations was one of the texts on the course. Olga happened to buy this copy on-line and discovered it was inscribed by Anand. She showed it to us in class, and later presented it to Anouk because she was the one who was really keen on him.
Transcription of inscription:
these are echoes of a troubled past.
with warm regards
New Delhi: 1986
[The printed dedication page in the 3rd image says: “Study is a serious form of gossip”–E.M. Forster]
Submitted by: Vivek Santayana