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Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Khushwant Singh: Multiculturalism and Politico-Historical Issues in his Novels

Title: Khushwant Singh: Multiculturalism and Politico-Historical Issues in his Novels
Author: Moirangthem Linthoingambi Devi
ISBN: 978-93-82395-54-6
Binding: Hardbound
First Edition: 2014
Language: English

About the Book
Multiculturalism has been described as the recognition of the people’s ethnicity, religion, linguistic background and sexual orientation. The present book attempts to study multiculturalism in the Indian sub-continent with reference to Khushwant Singh’s four novels namely Train to Pakistan (1956), I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale (1959), Delhi (1989) and The Company of Women (1999).

There are graphic descriptions of physical love in his novels. His use of language and style is very realistic, down-to-earth and transposed from Punjabi to English. The narrative design of his novels, except in The Company of Women, has a historical and contemporary context which is rooted in character and situation.

In this age of multiculturalism, people have great concern for their political, cultural and linguistic identities. In places like India where diversity prevails, the idea of separate geo-political national entities has become inevitable, the minorities being concerned for their future under the larger ethnic group. Khushwant Singh has strong conviction in his Sikh community. He glorifies the rich culture and tradition of his community thereby bringing it to the limelight.

About the Author
Dr. Moirangthem Linthoingambi Devi receives her Ph.D. degree in English from Manipur University. Her areas of interests are commonwealth literature and translation studies. She has presented papers in various National Seminars and Conferences. She has also attended workshops on translation studies and folklore.

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