Arun Joshi, The Apprentice

Pier Paolo Piciucco (Università Degli Studi di Torino)
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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.

The fictional technique adopted by Arun Joshi is another important element contributing to the uniqueness of The

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Citation: Piciucco, Pier Paolo. "The Apprentice". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=14903, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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