Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay adopts the perspective of a German Jewish Holocaust survivor and of a former cabaret performer to connect the histories of Germany and India. This paper examines how these characters witnesses to a multiplicity of stories and receptacles of a variety of cultural instances - engender a diasporic network that dismantles the solidity of official history and grants a meaning to the desolate experience of exile.

Anita Desai’s Baumgartner’s Bombay adopts the perspective of a German Jewish Holocaust survivor and of a former cabaret performer to connect the histories of Germany and India. This paper examines how these characters - witnesses to a multiplicity of stories and receptacles of a variety of cultural instances - engender a diasporic network that dismantles the solidity of official history and grants a meaning to the desolate experience of exile.

Baumgartner’s Bombay di Anita Desai adotta la prospettiva di un ebreo tedesco scampato allo sterminio nazista e di un’ex cabarettista per collegare le storie di India e Germania. Quest’articolo esamina come questi personaggi – testimoni di una molteplicità di storie e ricettacoli di una varietà di istanze culturali – diano vita ad una rete diasporica di connessioni che smantella la solidità della storia ufficiale e dà un senso alla desolata esperienza dell’esilio.

Diasporic History and Transnational Networks in Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay

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2015-01-01

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Anita Desai's Baumgartner's Bombay adopts the perspective of a German Jewish Holocaust survivor and of a former cabaret performer to connect the histories of Germany and India. This paper examines how these characters witnesses to a multiplicity of stories and receptacles of a variety of cultural instances - engender a diasporic network that dismantles the solidity of official history and grants a meaning to the desolate experience of exile.
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