Post-Partition Conflicts and Diasporic Loss in Amitav Ghosh and Jhumpa Lahiri's Narratives

Angelo Monaco
2016 Le Simplegadi  
I: Il mio articolo analizza The Shadow Lines di Amitav Ghosh e il racconto di Jhumpa Lahiri "When Mr. Pirzada came to dine" proponendo un'analisi di narrazioni che hanno meglio rappresentato gli antagonismi nell'India della post-Spartizione. La lunga ombra della Spartizione del 1947 ha lasciato un'eredità di spartizioni, in scala ridotta, che hanno continuato a segnare la recente storia indiana. Le dislocazioni diasporiche sono pertanto documentate in narrazioni che, focalizzandosi su ricordi
more » ... smarrimento e tensioni, hanno illuminato il potere etico e trasformativo della letteratura transnazionale. Abstract II: My article investigates Amitav Ghosh's The Shadow Lines and Jhumpa Lahiri's story "When Mr. Pirzada came to dine" so as to propose an analysis of narratives which best capture the antagonisms of post-Partition India. The long shadow of the 1947 Partition entailed further small-scale partitions which have marked recent Indian history. Diasporic dislocations are hence documented in such narratives which, revolving around memories of loss and tensions, unveil the transformative and ethic power of transnational literature. "What sense did the world make? Where was God, the Bloody Fool? Did He have no notion of fair and unfair? Couldn't He read a simple balance sheet? He would have been sacked long ago if He were managing a corporation, the things he allowed to happen [...]" Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance Scholars agree that the Partition was a moment of traumatic loss, a cataclysmic event which caused millions of people to cross the boundaries of their new homelands. "A time of great uncertainty, humiliation, anger, sadness and trauma" (Roy & Bhatia 2008: x), recalling Partition means remembering the massacre of nearly two million people,
doi:10.17456/simple-32 fatcat:kqotbd2oibbmfgimvyky3avp6q