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South Asian Novelists in English

With the publication of Salman Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel, DEGREESIMidnight’s Children DEGREESR in 1981, followed by the unprecedented popularity of his subsequent works, the cinematic adaptation of Michael Ondaatje’s DEGREESIThe English Patient, DEGREESR many other best-sellers written by South Asian novelists writing in English have gained a tremendous following. This reference is a guide to their lives and writings. The volume focuses on novelists born in South Asia who have written and continue to write about issues concerning that region. Some of the novelists have published widely, while others are only beginning their literary careers.

The volume includes alphabetically arranged entries on more than 50 South Asian novelists. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and includes a biography, a discussion of major works and themes, a summary of the novelist’s critical reception, and primary and secondary bibliographies. Since many of the contributors are personally acquainted with the novelists, they are able to offer significant insights. The volume closes with a selected bibliography of studies of the South Asian novel in English, along with a list of anthologies and periodicals.