Who are the best Indian novelists

Colorful diversity: novels by Indian authors


Arundhati Roy made his big breakthrough six years ago: At that time, your novel "The God of Little Things" became a world bestseller. In light-footed, flowery language, she tells the story of a family from Kerala. What makes her special: Roy lives in India, which makes her an exceptional figure among Indo-English novelists.

Most of her internationally known colleagues live abroad. These include Rohinton Mistry, whose books "The Balance of the World" and "The Squaring of Happiness" are read in the West, Amitav Ghosh, who wrote "The Glass Palace" or Shashi Tharoor, from whose pen "The Great Novel of India" and " Riot. A Love Story "originate.

Babylonian language diversity

In general, it is difficult for writers living in India to gain a foothold in the international market. Most renowned publishers have little interest in translating books from the Indian national languages.

Even so, many Indian writers refuse to write in English. Their reason: They don't want to ingratiate with the West. They prefer to write in India's state language Hindi or in one of the around 220 regional languages.

Great interest in Germany

Indo-English novels are in great demand in Germany. The more exotic, the better. "We suspect that this interest is mainly due to the current multimedia hype about India. Bollywood films and Indian music encourage people to deal with the subject of India in the literary field," says Christine Höger from the Internet bookstore Amazon .

Indian woman power

Among the Indo-English novels there are many written by women. The topics often revolve around the search for one's own identity. In her women's novel "The Salt of the Three Seas", Anita Nair describes a train journey in the "Ladies Coupé" - a railway wagon only for women. The 45-year-old Akhila is on her way to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of India, where three seas meet. During the journey she meets five women. Each one has her own life story to tell.

Authors such as Anita Desai and Bharati Mukherjee also deal with the search for their own identity in their novels. In doing so, they interweave individual fates with the social and historical environment.

Nobel Prize for V.S. Naipaul

Although he was born in Trinidad, he still belongs to the Indo-English authors: Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul. While most Indo-English authors look at India with love and humor, Naipaul's point of view is different. Critical and angry, almost condescending, he treats the land of his ancestors. In 2001 his work was honored with the Nobel Prize for Literature.