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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Where Is The Indian Perspective?

Think the India-themed Frankfurt Book Fair is going to cement our place in the world of literature? You're not going to like the words of Sir Vidia: "India is finding its feet. Slowly. But it might not become a really important literary country. It's too dependent on the rest of the world, on how they view its literary production. Books are being written for the international market and foreign critics. And the authors read the most diverse styles and think they can copy them. They think they can be Latin America, G√ľnter Grass or James Joyce. Where is their own perspective, their own sensibility? This isn't only the case with Indian authors. There are the Chinese authors that write about the horrors of the cultural revolution; they've all taken 'creative writing' courses in the USA and write identically."

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