Among a new crop of women writers of the Diaspora, Kiran Desai has carved a niche for herself by capturing the quintessential pathos found at the intersection of cultures. Never one to be oblivious to rejigging the strains of alienation and disquiet enveloping the inherent exilic state in all dislocated lives of Indian diaspora , Kiran Desai’s novel “The Inheritance of Loss”, essentially captures the dichotomy and duality in the lives caught in the contrarious interaction between East and West. Brought to life on a literary canvass through the many lively characters and myriad emotions, this saga of psychological trauma and despondency adds a socio cultural immediacy to the issue of existential crisis that affect every conceivable aspect of an immigrant’s subaltern life.. Kiran Desai, ala her mother Anita Desai, enamored of undertaking “journeys” in multiple forms tries to explore the existential strains permeating the lives of her characters. The self-effacing existentialist that she is, Kiran Desai‘s works evocatively show undeniable influences of the existential philosophy of Satre, Albert Camus’ and Kierkegaard while being surfeited by themes of frustration, upheaval, rootlessness, a sense of alienation and existential predicament.
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