South Asian Partition Fiction in English

From Khushwant Singh to Amitav Ghosh

Rituparna Roy

South Asian Partition Fiction in English

Rituparna Roy

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

176 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2010
Paper $49.95 ISBN: 9789089642455 Published July 2011 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

In this thoughtful volume Rituparna Roy explores a significant cross-section of fiction about the partition of British India in 1947 on the eve of the Empire’s dissolution and the subsequent succession of Bangladesh from Pakistan in 1971. The six novels selected for study—Train to Pakistan, A Bend in the Ganges, Ice-Candy-Man, Clear Light of Day, Midnight’s Children, and The Shadow Lines—follow a trajectory from primarily reporting the cataclysmic events to theorizing about them. Drawing from a wealth of historical material, Roy offers a sensitive analysis of these major literary works on the theme of partition.


1. Partition: The Holocaust
2. Women during the Partition: Victim and agent
3. The making of a nation: Religion or language?
4. Imagined communities: Questioning the border

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