Arun Joshi (1045 words)

Pier Paolo Piciucco (Università Degli Studi di Torino)
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Becoming a novelist in the pre-Rushdie era – that is to say, at a time when Indian fiction in English had not consolidated a reputation in the West and its chances of success at home were poor – was a hazardous matter for an Indian writer. Moreover, an indrawn individual, who did little to promote his books and who refrained from entering literary circles, found even more obstacles on his way. Starting from this situation, and considering the fact that Arun Joshi was essentially an industrialist who cultivated his love for literature only in his spare time, it is easy to understand why Joshi cynically rejoiced that not even his neighbours knew he wrote books. In spite of his neighbours' ignorance, however, Joshi little by little …

Citation: Piciucco, Pier Paolo. "Arun Joshi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2004 [, accessed 05 April 2020.]

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