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A Fine Balance (Oprah Edition)
Rohinton Mistry
140003065X
November 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
The setting of Mistry's quietly magnificent second novel (after the acclaimed Such a Long Journey) is India in 1975-76, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, defying a court order calling for her resignation, declares a state of emergency and imprisons the parliamentary opposition as well as thousands of students, teachers, trade unionists and journalists. These events, along with the government's forced sterilization campaign, serve as backdrop for an intricate tale of four ordinary people struggling to survive. Naive college student Maneck Kohlah, whose parents' general store is failing, rents a room in the house of Dina Dalal, a 40-ish widowed seamstress. Dina acquires two additional boarders: hapless but enterprising itinerant tailor Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash, whose father, a village untouchable, was...


Rohinton Mistry
Peter Morey
0719067154
January 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The award-winning novelist Rohinton Mistry is recognized as one of the most important contemporary writers of postcolonial literature. This study--the first of its kind--will provide scholars and students with an insight into the key features of Mistry's work. Peter Morey suggests how the author's writing can be read in terms of recent Indian political history, his native Zoroastrian culture and ethos, conventions of oral storytelling common to Persia and South Asia, and the experience of migration. The texts are viewed through the lens of diaspora and minority discourse theories to show how Mistry's writing is illustrative of marginal positions in relation to sanctioned national identities.


Such a Long Journey
Rohinton Mistry
0679738711
June 1992
Paperback
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Book Review
Mistry does something that only the really natural writers can do: without apparent effort, manipulation or contrivance, he creates characters you like instantly and will gladly follow for as long as the novel leads. The book is about an Indian family during the years of Indira Ganhdi's rule; it's also a study of the times, its politics and corruption, and was especially interesting for me, who knows so little about life in the rest of the world. It had to be a good book: after I read Such a Long Journey, I wanted to go right out and buy a plane ticket and see India for myself.

From Publishers Weekly
Short-listed for the Booker Prize, this intelligent fictional portrait of the corrupt aspects of Indira Gandhi's regime focuses on a bank clerk who becomes a secret operative as...


Family Matters
Rohinton Mistry
037570342X
November 2003
Paperback
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Book Review
Set during the 1990s in an overcrowded and politically corrupt Bombay, Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters depicts a family being torn apart by lies, love, and its unresolved demons of the past. Nariman Vakeel is an aging patriarch whose advancing Parkinson's disease and its related complications threaten to destroy his large Parsi family. When Nariman breaks his ankle and becomes bedridden, his two stepchildren turn his care over to their half-sister, Roxanne, who lives in a two-room flat with her husband and two sons. What follows is each character's reaction to this situation, from Roxanne's husband's struggle to provide for his family without neglecting his conscience to their sons' coming of age in an era of uncertainty. Expertly interspersed between these dilemmas are Nariman's tortured remembrances of a forbidden love...


Rohinton Mistry (Contemporary World Writers Series)
Peter Morey
0719067146
January 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
The award-winning novelist Rohinton Mistry is recognized as one of the most important contemporary writers of postcolonial literature. This study--the first of its kind--will provide scholars and students with an insight into the key features of Mistry's work. Peter Morey suggests how the author's writing can be read in terms of recent Indian political history, his native Zoroastrian culture and ethos, conventions of oral storytelling common to Persia and South Asia, and the experience of migration. The texts are viewed through the lens of diaspora and minority discourse theories to show how Mistry's writing is illustrative of marginal positions in relation to sanctioned national identities.


Native Intelligence: Aesthetics, Politics, and Postcolonial Literature
Deepika Bahri
081663940X
September 2003
Library Binding
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Book Description
"Literature" though it may be, postcolonial literature is studied and understood largely-and often solely-in social and political terms. In neglecting its aesthetic dimension, as this book forcefully demonstrates, we are overlooking not only an essential aspect of this literature but even a critical perspective on its sociopolitical function and value. In Native Intelligence, Deepika Bahri focuses on postcolonial literature's formal and aesthetic negotiations with sociopolitical concerns. How, Bahri asks, do aesthetic considerations contest the social function of postcolonial literature? In answering, her book takes on two tasks: First, it identifies the burden of representation borne by postcolonial literature through its progressive politicization. Second, it draws on Frankfurt School critical theory to reclaim a...


Native Intelligence: Aesthetics, Politics, and Postcolonial Literature
Deepika Bahri
0816639418
September 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
"Literature" though it may be, postcolonial literature is studied and understood largely-and often solely-in social and political terms. In neglecting its aesthetic dimension, as this book forcefully demonstrates, we are overlooking not only an essential aspect of this literature but even a critical perspective on its sociopolitical function and value. In Native Intelligence, Deepika Bahri focuses on postcolonial literature's formal and aesthetic negotiations with sociopolitical concerns. How, Bahri asks, do aesthetic considerations contest the social function of postcolonial literature? In answering, her book takes on two tasks: First, it identifies the burden of representation borne by postcolonial literature through its progressive politicization. Second, it draws on Frankfurt School critical theory to reclaim a...


Swimming Lessons and Other Stories from Firozsha Baag
Rohinton Mistry
067977632X
February 1997
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"The world of Mistry's stories is a Bombay apartment complex. Various inhabitants are examined in interlocking narratives that evoke brilliantly the textures of this exotic yet startlingly knowable setting. . . . These 11 short narratives form an elegant mosaic that should confirm Mistry as a rising star in the literary firmament," acclaimed PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

New Yorker
Drawn with . . . penetrating compassion, humor, and warmth.

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Bookclub-In-A-Box Discusses a Fine Balance
Marilyn Herbert
1897082096
Nov 2005
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Book Description
Author Rohinton Mistry’s exceptional novel, A Fine Balance, is a saga written in the tradition of Tolstoy’s famous Anna Karenina. Indeed, Mistry has often been compared to storytellers like Tolstoy and Dickens. You'll explore this discussion and more in this detailed new guide for A Fine Balance, published by Bookclub-in-a-Box. The scene is India, 1975, and Indira Gandhi has declared a State of Emergency in the country. Bookclub-in-a-Box takes readers deeper into the lives of four people who have each suffered great loss, but have come together to forge a home and a life together. Our guide uncovers the secrets of balance, which each character strives to achieve, in order to survive. The Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion companion balances the themes, character development, and historical background to give...


A Fine Balance (Oprah Edition)
Rohinton Mistry
0553756141
November 2001
Audio
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From Publishers Weekly
The setting of Mistry's quietly magnificent second novel (after the acclaimed Such a Long Journey) is India in 1975-76, when Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, defying a court order calling for her resignation, declares a state of emergency and imprisons the parliamentary opposition as well as thousands of students, teachers, trade unionists and journalists. These events, along with the government's forced sterilization campaign, serve as backdrop for an intricate tale of four ordinary people struggling to survive. Naive college student Maneck Kohlah, whose parents' general store is failing, rents a room in the house of Dina Dalal, a 40-ish widowed seamstress. Dina acquires two additional boarders: hapless but enterprising itinerant tailor Ishvar Darji and his nephew Omprakash, whose father, a village untouchable, was...


L Equilibre Du Monde
Rohinton Mistry
225315086X
February 2002
Paperback
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Das Gleichgewicht der Welt / A Fine Balance
Rohinton Mistry
359614583X
Feb 2002
(Paperback) - German
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