A New Book by Barbara L. Baer
The Last Devadasi by Barbara L. Baer
Kamala Kumari is more than a Gemini Studio starlet –
She’s a classical dancer trained in the age-old line of Devadasis, a caste set in place a thousand years ago when girls were first dedicated in south Indian temples to serve the gods and men. From the promise of art and devotion, the sacred dancers fell into the hands of priests who both exalted and betrayed them.
Beautiful, brilliant and proud, Kamala struggles to escape the old ways, entangling her Indian assistant, Dutch lover, and his young American wife.
With its turbulent passions amid social upheavals, The Last Devadasi takes readers on a sensual feast in the 1970s palm-shaded trading city of Madras.
Other books by Barbara L. Baer….
The Ballet Lover
The Ballet Lover exposes the beauty and cruelty of ballet, the performances, the back stage moments, and the personal dramas of the famous ballet dancers Rudolf Nureyev and Natalia Makarova as seen through the eyes of an American female journalist.
The Ballet Lover is a refined, mesmerizing, fictional account of two of the most celebrated dancers in the dance world, how one compromised the other, and how the drama on the stage often mirrors those played out in real life.
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Grisha The Scrivener
In this elegant novella spanning twenty-six years, GRISHA THE SCRIVENER tells the story of Gregory Gregorovich Samidze, an exiled Georgian journalist who keeps his head down under oppressive Soviet dominion while maintaining his own identity. Baer’s intertwining tales of political intrigue, forbidden love, and the unbreakable bonds of family and friendship is a haunting exploration of the drama, the fissures, the violence of the Soviet society and the oasis the individual tries to create within it–the restrained and gray life that still is one person against the powers-that-be.
“Barbara Baer’s amazing novel sheds a uniques, and yes, a poetic light on the people who endured the worst of times in Soviet Cantral Asia, Georgia, and ‘Mother Russia’. What I was unable to grasp in my own visits – and watching some remarkable films from there – become painfully and comically revealing in her remarkable ability to delve into the lives and experiences so distinct from our own.”
– Judy Stone, Film Writer and Author
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