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Imagining India - Richard Cronin

Hardcover Published: 7th November 1989
ISBN: 9780333467053
Number Of Pages: 203

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This book investigates what happens to the English language when it seeks to accommodate India and what happens to India when it is accommodated within the language of a far-off European country. It explores the work of writers from Kipling to Salman Rushdie, Ghandhi to Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The author is concerned with writers who have set themselves an impossible task and try to carry it out with the wrong tools, writers who seek to enclose the unimaginable diversity of India within books of a few hundred pages written in a language that is scarely Indian at all. He shows that to write about India in Englsih is an excercise in futility, but an exercise that has produced some of the most exciting and moving literary work of this century.

Introduction - The English Indian Novel: Kim and Midnight's Children - The Indian English Novel: Nations of Fools and The Man-Eater of Malgudi - Riding the Beast: Ruther Prawer Jhabvala in India - The Quiet and the Loud: Anita Desai's India - The Politics of R.K.Narayan - Indian Trains - Indian Fugues - An Area of Darkness - Indian Autobiography - Sex in the Indian Novel - The Hill of Devi and Heat and Dust - A Passage to India - References - Notes - Index

ISBN: 9780333467053
ISBN-10: 0333467051
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 203
Published: 7th November 1989
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2