The Inheritance of Loss: Stories of Alienation, Joy, and Despair

Exploring issues such as morality and social justice, immigration, social and economic inequality., Desai questions what is the Indian identity?

Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Booker Prize for fiction. It deals with the larger themes of nationalism,  identity, and a sense of belonging. Desai’s prose is easy-flowing prose. She analyses the immigrant experience with empathy and subjectivity in the book. Her plot examines the consequences of colonialism and its impact on migration and globalisation. Kiran Desai explores issues such as morality and social justice, immigration, social and economic inequality. But there is a larger question at the heart of the novel – what is the Indian identity? The Inheritance of Loss deals with fundamentalism and alienation of people of the margins of society.

 

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Kiran Desai
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Kiran Desai: Indian author.  She is the daughter of  famous novelist, Anita Desai.

The Inheritance of Loss won the Man Booker Prize (2206) and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award (2006).    At 35, she was the youngest woman to ever win the Man Booker Prize.    The Economic Times listed her as one of 20 "most influential" global Indian women in 2015.