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Mirrorwork: 50 Years of Indian Writing 1947-1997

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This unique anthology presents thirty-two selections by Indian authors writing in English over the past half-century. Selected by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West, these novel excerpts, stories, and memoirs illuminate wonderful writing by authors often overlooked in the West. Chronologically arranged to reveal the development of Indian literature in English, this volume i ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by Picador (first published August 1st 1997)
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Kookie
Aug 01, 2014 Kookie rated it liked it
3.8. A good mix of short stories and excerpts from novels. I hate excerpts though, so I have to knock off some value. Very good stories.
Lance Houser
Feb 01, 2013 Lance Houser rated it really liked it
A good survey of Anglo-Indian writing since Indian independence and partition. For such a collection, I might prefer a few more stories or essays instead of so many novel excerpts. I do like the mixture of fiction and non-fiction. One thing that would help many Western readers get more out of the book is a glossary containing definitions of some the non-translated Indian words and major events that recur in many of the selections. For one example, the title of one of the stories "Shakti" makes a ...more
Sharayu Gangurde
Aug 19, 2010 Sharayu Gangurde rated it really liked it
This book is by far the best compilation of the collected works of Indian writers.
I found the likes of Mulk Raj Anand, Khushwant Singh and a whole lot others whom i had heard of, but did not venture to read their works. This anthology provides a good look into some of the best novice authors work as well.
I find it quite a handsome collection and it gives a fairly good idea about the changes and the growth of English literature in India. Definitely a Good read!
Katie
Dec 04, 2007 Katie rated it liked it
This is a real mixed bag. There's some great writing in this anthology, but there's also plenty that isn't so great. Nonetheless, it provides a fairly comprehensive overview of Indian writers in English and it's a good way to find out which of those authors you might like to read more of and which you'd rather avoid.
Catherine Siemann
Dec 13, 2014 Catherine Siemann rated it liked it
Short fiction and excerpts from novels, some excellent and some not to my taste. Especially enjoyed stories by Amitav Ghosh and Vikram Chandra, authors I already knew I liked.
Carol Jean
Feb 05, 2013 Carol Jean rated it liked it
Some excellent works, some pedestrian, and some actually unreadable. But I loved a couple, notably Amit Chaudry's story. I've ordered a couple of novels by that author.
Christopher
Sep 21, 2008 Christopher rated it it was amazing
I loved this collection of fiction by Indian authors. Its scope is ambitious, but well-worth the reader's effort. A wonderful introduction to India's literary landscape.
John
May 02, 2008 John rated it it was amazing
Incredible collection of writing from India. Absolute must have.
Kris
Jan 07, 2008 Kris rated it liked it
uneven like all comps but good overall
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might be interesting to read
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun
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