Ruth Prawer Jhabvala


Born
in Cologne, Germany
May 07, 1927

Died
April 03, 2013

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Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, CBE was a Booker prize-winning novelist, short story writer, and two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter. She was perhaps best known for her long collaboration with Merchant Ivory Productions, made up of director James Ivory and the late producer Ismail Merchant. Their films won six Academy Awards.

She fled Cologne with her family in 1939 and lived through the London Blitz. After university she moved to Delhi, India her home for 24 years (until 1975). She began to write fiction, exploring east-west encounters, and won the Booker prize. Based in New York until she died in 2013, she is best known for her Oscar-winning screenplays and her novel 'Heat and Dust'.

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“The rest of the time Olivia was alone in her big house with all the doors and windows shut to keep out the heat and dust.”
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Heat and Dust

“Shortly before the monsoon, the heat becomes very intense. It is said that the more intense it becomes the more abundantly it will draw down the rains, so one wants it to be as hot as can be. And by that time one has accepted it -- not got used to but accepted; and moreover, too worn-out to fight against it, one submits to it and endures.”
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“The landscape which, a few weeks earlier, had been blotted out by dust was now hazy with moisture.”
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