Colonialism In Indian English Literature

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Most of the Indian English novels of recent times written by migrant writers have chosen materials for their art from contemporary Indian socio-cultural situations. They also undertake the exploration of the relationship between the East and the West. It has become a recurring theme in contemporary Indian English fiction because of the nature of the linguistic medium the novelist uses. Fictional reworking of mythology and history has given new significance and possibilities to the Indian English novel writings. Amitav Ghosh often returns to Indian history and mythology. Midnight’s Children, Shame and The Moor’s Last Sigh deal with the complex working of the Muslim psyche caught up in the historical and cultural web of the Indian subcontinent. The Circle of Reason, The Calcutta Chromosome and The Shadow Lines (1988) express the blind follow of the English by the Indians, the encounter between the west rationality and Indian myth, and hollowness of national identity and national boundaries. Amitav Ghosh, who won many accolades including the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Prix Medicis Etrangere of France. Although less prone to controversy, he is responsible for producing some of the most lyrical and insightful works on the effect of colonialism on the native people. His books include The Circle of Reason, The Glass Palace, The Calcutta Chromosome,…show more content…
Chased from Bengal to Bombay and on through the Persian Gulf to North Africa by a bird-watching police inspector, Alu encounters along the way a cast of characters as various and as colorful as the epithets with which the author adorns them. The reader is drawn into their lives by incidents tender and outrageousand all compellingly told. Ghosh is as natural a weaver of words as Alu is of cloth, deftly interlacing humor and wisdom to produce a narrative tapestry of surpassing

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