Thursday, February 4, 2010

A love for ruins, Geoff Dyer

Geoff Dyer's Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi was widely acclaimed when released in India last year. The author visited Jaipur for the literary festival. He spoke to DNA.

Back from the recent Jaipur Literature Festival, Geoff Dyer is preparing to pack his bags soon and head back home. His mother is ailing and for the UK-based author, it is top priority to be with her till he jet-sets to Australia for the literature festival there. However, that’s not the only thought on Geoff’s mind.

On the way to Jaipur for the meet,Geoff stopped by in Jaisalmer to soak in the city’s glorious past. However the author rues, “I was 15 years too late.”  He explains:“My wife had come to Jaisalmer 15 years ago. She had always maintained it was magical.” However, Dyer’s maiden trip to Jaisalmer was filled with despair. The foundation of the heritage structures in the city rotting away has become a prime concern in  his mind.

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