Arun Joshi, The Last Labyrinth

Pier Paolo Piciucco (Università Degli Studi di Torino)
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The Last Labyrinth

won Arun Joshi the Sahitya Academy Award, India's most prestigious literary prize. Written in the first person, like

The Foreigner

and

The Apprentice

, it is an uncompromising search inside the deepest recesses of the human soul, hence one of the symbolic meanings the title acquires. The personal, intimate tone of the narrative, at times giving the reader the impression of a diary, suggests an autobiographical dimension: the protagonist, Som Bhaskar, is an industrialist like his creator. A sort of arrival point in the whole of Joshi's fiction, Som incarnates the quintessential male hero in the literary production of his author: intelligent, sensible, curious, self-centred, somewhat indrawn, well-educated, he is always in precarious balance between Hamlet-esque choices…

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Citation: Piciucco, Pier Paolo. "The Last Labyrinth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 February 2004 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=14905, accessed 29 May 2024.]

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