Bharati Mukherjee

Veronica Barnsley (University of Sheffield)
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Bharati Mukherjee’s fiction engages with themes of transnational modernity: capital, political ambition, violence, racism, immigration, alienation and cosmopolitanism. Most of all, her writing addresses America and its global influence, often from the perspective of marginalised or uprooted characters looking for new directions. In an interview Mukherjee states “I believe in change and resilience, adaptability, that if you can’t adapt to the situation, you’re going to be totally broken” (Desai and Barnstone, 139). Her America is a land in the making, one whose gleaming prospects rub against its disappointments as the stories of an array of awkward, determined and comic characters unfold.

Given her focus on America (the United States) as a nation undergoing constant transformation

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Citation: Barnsley, Veronica. "Bharati Mukherjee". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 November 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3246, accessed 21 June 2024.]

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