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Bharati Mukherjee
(Calcutta, West Bengal, India, July 27, 1940)

Bharati Mukherjee
Bharati Mukherjee
Bharati Mukherjee is an Indian born American writer. She deals with the issues of identity through her characters, Asian immigrants in North America, and explores the reality of American identity in today’s world of hybridity and multiplicity. Her characters, very often South Asian women, in the state of transition from one culture to another, fight to survive in the brutal world of violence where they are usually victims of one kind of social oppression or another. She is especially noted for her witty and ironic style, understanding of personality and development of characters. An immigrant herself, she is focused on the lives in transition, cultural change and violence connected to Diaspora. As she says: “…transplanting from one's original culture into a new country, no matter for what reason we've come to the new country, implies or necessitates death of ones former self or mutilation of ones former self and so I want to think that the physical violence in my novels are really my metaphorical or artistic way of showing the psychic damage that takes place.." In 1988 she was awarded National Book Critics Circle Award for “The Middleman and Other Stories.” Mukerjee is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Major wiorks:

The Tiger's Daughter, 1971
Wife, 1975
Days and Nights in Calcutta, 1977
Darkness 1985
The Sorrow and the Terror: The Haunting Legacy of the Air India Tragedy 1987, with Clark Blaise
The Middleman and Other Stories 1988
Jasmine, 1989
Political Culture and Leadership in India 1991
Regionalism in Indian Perspective 1992
The Holder of the World 1993
Leave It to Me, 1997
Desirable Daughters, 2002
The Tree Bride, 2004




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