Indian fiction on the rise

I came across this article over at the New York Times on the growing interest for Indian literature. And I find this a very good thing. Although fiction has always been very vibrant in the south and south-east Asia region, its only now with globalisation that it has been discovered to be  interesting for a wider audience. I’ve been reading for a pretty long time books by Indian writers and the ones living abroad who publish in English and whose work has been translated.  The passionate prose and compelling stories touches the heart. I became a fan of Indian fiction, you could say. India is not only conquering the world with it’s Bollywood film and music, but also with it’s literature.

Indian Fiction Rising
By NIDA NAJAR NEW DELHI

– The release of Amitav Ghosh’s latest historical novel, River of Smoke, the second in a proposed trilogy about the China-Britain Opium Wars, prompted a celebratory gathering on Friday of Delhi’s intellectuals at the understated but oh-so-expensive Aman Hotel here.

Interest in Indian literature has been growing here and abroad. Large American publishing companies like Hatchette and Random House recently opened divisions in India. The Jaipur Literature Festival started in Rajasthan’s capital in 2006 and next year will host guest speakers including Orhan Pamuk, Tina Brown and Salman Rushdie. Then there’s the critical acclaim that Indian writers have received: The 2006 Man Booker prize went to Kiran Desai for The Inheritance of Loss, and Aravind Adiga won in 2008 for White Tiger.

Mr. Ghosh credits his compatriots’ willingness to write about their emotions for the popularity of Indian fiction.

In a recent interview with the Persian-French writer Lila Azam Zanganeh for the magazine Guernica, Mr. Ghosh said that American fiction is “just so ironicized, it’s just boring.”

But you know emotion, and passion, and all those things, I think that’s why people all around the world read us.”

The first volume of Mr. Ghosh’s series, Sea of Poppies, a historical novel about the 19th-century opium trade, which came out in 2008, was a best seller in India, where the author was born, and in the United States, where he lives

Read full article @ The New York Times

Read also an article on The Independent of the Golden age of Indian writing

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~ by eneryvibes on 1,July 13, 2011.

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