The Museum of Final Days, on my reading list for a long time so I was quite pleased to find it in Desai’s collection of three novellas titled, The Artist of Disappearance.
Knowing the history of the Empire and it’s subjugation of India, the themes of decay and regret are not so subtly used as the focus of this book.
The Museum of Final Journeys presents a lush, green world of abandoned plantations. A minor government officer, the unnamed narrator, unhappily is responsible for administering a unfamiliar rural district. When asked to assist in the continuance of an old, decaying estate made up of the accumulated trinkets and oddities of a long forgotten age, the young officer recognizes the dissolution and melancholy of an old, forgotten past.