Arun Joshi: The Strange Case of Billy Biswas

(1043 words)
  • Pier Paolo Piciucco (Università Degli Studi di Torino)

Three years after his literary debut, Joshi published The Strange Case of Billy Biswas, possibly his most famous work. While in The Foreigner Joshi analysed the impossibility of a merge between the East and the West, and thereby dealt with a topic other postcolonial novelists have also been concerned with, in this second novel he significantly amplified the focus on this polarization, bringing to the fore the concept that India itself is split between two irreconcilable extremes. The gap is in fact not so much representative of the distance between New York and Delhi, the two alternative backdrops at the beginning of the story, but rather between the so-called “civilised” and the “primitive” world.

Billy (…

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Piciucco, Pier Paolo. "The Strange Case of Billy Biswas". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2004
[, accessed 27 September 2016.]

Related Groups

  1. Indian Prose Fiction in English