Home truths: fictions of the South Asian diaspora in Britain

Nasta, Susheila (2002). Home truths: fictions of the South Asian diaspora in Britain. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave.

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The figure of the diasporic or migrant writer has recently come to be seen in the West as the 'Everyman' of the late Modern period, a symbol of the local and the global, a cultural traveller who can traverse national, political and ethnic boundaries. Home Truths seeks not only to place the individual works of now famous writers within a diverse tradition of im/migrant writing that has evolved in Britain since the Second World War, but also to locate their work,as well as the work of many lesser known writers within a cultural, historical and aesthetic framework which has its roots prior to postwar migrations and derives from long-established indigenous traditions. Close critical readings combine with a historical and theoretical overview in this first book to chart the crucial role played by writers of South Asian origin in the belated acceptance of a poetics of black and Asian writing today.

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