Anshuman A. Mondal's Amitav Ghosh PDF

By Anshuman A. Mondal

ISBN-10: 071907004X

ISBN-13: 9780719070044

Amitav Ghosh is an authoritative serious creation to the fictitious and non-fictional writings of 1 of the main celebrated and critical literary voices to have emerged from India in contemporary a long time. it's the first full-length examine of Amitav Ghosh's paintings to be on hand open air India.

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The narrative concerns itself mostly with the fortunes of three families: the deposed King of Burma and his retinue of servants, one of whom marries a wealthy timber merchant called Rajkumar who had once been a destitute Bengali orphan in Mandalay, the King’s capital, at the time of his expulsion by the British; and the family of Saya John, a Malay Christian and Rajkumar’s mentor. The novel tracks the ties of family and friendship across a continent and over four generations. Ghosh’s earlier explorations of nationhood and diaspora, of relationships between individuals and communities that transgress and transcend the shadow lines of political borders are extended in this most humanist of his novels.

17 In other words, from its inception the Indian state was marked by a tension between central government and regional autonomy on the one hand, and by tensions between its constituent religious communities, on the other, that continually picked away at the national fabric. Both of these dimensions were only partially resolved by independence – through the federalism enshrined in the Constitution – and by the self-mutilation of the national body represented by the Partition of 1947 – a deferral which meant that these dialectics continued to develop and inform each other throughout the subsequent decades.

Despite the best efforts of literary critics, it is an unclassifiable text. Even its non-fictional status is uncertain, as we shall see later in this book, but this remains one of its many strengths. In some ways, it is appropriate that what is perhaps the pivotal book in Ghosh’s oeuvre thus far eludes classification because it concerns itself with those small fragments of history that have slipped through the categorical grids of knowledge that have shaped modern thought, identity and experience.

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