Bapsi Sidhwa, Ice Candy Man

Asma Mansoor (International Islamic University Islamabad (Pakistan))
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Published in 1988 (William Heinemann, London), Bapsi Sidhwa’s


broke on the scene of Pakistani Anglophone writings and gained critical acclaim due to its poignant handling of the tragedies and riots framing the Partition of the subcontinent in 1947. It won Germany’s LiBerturpreis in 1991 and was acknowledged by the BBC as one of the hundred most inspiring novels in 2019. The novel’s American edition (Milkweed, Minneopolis, 1991) was titled

Cracking India,

on the insistence of Sidhwa’s American publishers, because “ice-candy-man” is a euphemism for a drug dealer in the United States, although the novel continues to be sold as


in the UK. In 1998, Deepa Mehta based her movie





Cracking India

. The film won the Best Film Award at the…

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Citation: Mansoor, Asma. "Ice Candy Man". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 November 2020 [, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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