J. G. Farrell: The Siege of Krishnapur (1787 words)

Ralph Crane (University of Tasmania)
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The Siege of Krishnapur, which won the Booker Prize in 1973, is the second published novel in J.G. Farrell’s triptych of historical fictions about the decline and fall of the British Empire, and the first in chronological terms. The others are Troubles (1970), set in Ireland during the War of Independence fought between 1919 and 1921, and The Singapore Grip (1979), which chronicles the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in 1942. Focussing on what in Britain has popularly been referred to as the Indian Mutiny of 1857, The Siege of Krishnapur examines that significant moment in the history of the British Empire from a late-twentieth-century vantage point. It confronts, too, a particular moment in the history …

Citation: Crane, Ralph. "The Siege of Krishnapur". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 January 2013 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=7734, accessed 20 September 2020.]

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