Literary Explorations: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry
Literary Explorations: Contemporary Fiction and Poetry by Dr. Abhimanyu Pandey, a professor from India, provides a fascinating exploration of our struggles to understand literary multiculturalism and postmodernism. Such posits that there are not absolute or objective truths really, and that we can benefit from our experience of diversity and the other. One seeking answers to these questions are likely to benefit from his exploration of these contemporary texts, and the writing is fine for both those who have read and those who have not read certain books. One should enjoy reading about literature, though, or be willing to give such reading a try.
The major texts are Gautam Malkani’s Londonstani (about an English man with racial identity issues), and also The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (which was made into a movie), and The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (also made into a star-studded movie). There are also other works and poetry from Sylvia Plath and Margaret Atwood discussed.
What are we to do with this time, which is post-truth and which offers fake news, the author seems to say, and one can see him, and us with him, raising our arms into the air with this conundrum. Maybe there are no grand narratives because we are not telling the tales of people in control, but most of our lives are so different from theirs. Education will help us focus on seeking objectivity, being critical, and finding truth, but not every discipline is focused on such. There is great exploration here about multiculturalism from these parts of the world even if one has only seen the movies. Postmodernism might not have the answers we seek, but might be more reflective of our lives and those of others who different than us.
As the author profoundly reminds us:
“But the world of post-truth, as captured in literary texts, and even outside them, is one that has given up the quest for cultural and linguistic advancement. In such a situation truth takes the backseat and emotional or theatrical lies that impress become the order of the day.”
|Author||Abhimanyu Pandey • Anna Faktorovich, Designer|
|Page Count||106 pages|
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