Fighting the stereotype

Print edition : February 22, 2013

London-based Bangladeshi writer Tahmima Anam reading her novel 'Good Muslim'. It easily enters the category of the soul-searching national narratives in English produced in recent years in the subcontinent. Photo: Rohit Jain Paras

Pakistani author Mohamed Hanif. His novel 'A Case of Exploding Mangoes' exposes the disastrous interventions of Ronal Reagan's United States in the politics of the subcontinent that brings religion and arms together in order to fight the Soviet Afghanistan and in the process also creates the Taliban. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Mohsin Hamid. His novel 'Reluctant Fundamentalist', is a monologic novel like Albert Camus' 'The Fall'. Photo: REUTERS

About novels that deal directly or obliquely with Muslim life and ultimately about life in general but yet have something specific about them that connects them to a great literary tradition.
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