Arun Joshi: The Apprentice

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  • Pier Paolo Piciucco (Università Degli Studi di Torino)

While in all Joshi’s novels characters feel the need to confess their wrongs at one time or another, The Apprentice makes the confessional motif the focal point of the work. It is no surprise therefore that Camus’s The Fall is the text scholars generally tend to compare to Joshi’s third literary work. It is surely a novel that stands apart in the author’s literary output; of all his books, in fact, The Apprentice is the one most interested in analysing the details of Indian society and Indian history – centred as it is on the episodes gravitating around the Indo-Chinese conflict. It is narrated in a spicy Indian English by the central character, Ratan Rathor.

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Piciucco, Pier Paolo. "The Apprentice". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2004
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

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  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English