The author Bharati Mukherjee was born in Calcutta in 1940. She brought up in a well-to-do Brahmin joint family. Bharati Mukherjee's family moved to London in 1948 to escape the civil unrest brought on by India's independence and partition. There the girls attended school and became fluent in English. In 1951 the family returned to Calcutta, and Mukherjee continued her English-language study at the Loretto Convent School, kolkata. She received a B.A. in English from the University of Calcutta In 1959. Two years later she became Master degree holder in English and Ancient Indian Culture from the University of Baroda. In 1961 Mukherjee received a scholarship to study writing at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, where she first becomes a Masters of Fine Arts and then a Ph.D. While at Iowa she met the Canadian writer Clark Blaise, whom she married in 1963.this marriage was against to her family. In 1966 the couple moved to Montreal, where Mukherjee taught English at McGill University. Three years later they moved to Toronto with their two small children. This was the starting of her writing career. Her first novel was 'The Tiger's Daughter'. After that her pen never stops and till now continuing narrating the different angles of life.
Bharati Mukherjee got awarded the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction for 'The Middleman and Other Stories'. This was published in the year of 1988. In this collection of hers Mukherjee becomes a valuable middleman linking disparate worlds. She tells her tales from many perspectives, with a keen eye for the concept of self within a larger society. Here the writings have a lighter and celebratory tone, with characters that are adventurers and explorers, rather than refugees and outcasts. They are a part of a new, changing America as well. Here Mukherjee mainly expands her narrative voice to explore not only the lives of immigrants but also those of European Americans who have been brought into contact with cultures about which they have little knowledge. The characters in Middleman learn eventually that it is an opportunity to have to remake their lives and their personal identities, but sometimes they feel it as a curse also as they see that they can play an active part in the new culture that is slowly coming to accept them. This work is of course a marked development in the themes of Mukherjee's immigrant tales.
Being published by the Virago Press Ltd., Grove press, Penguin books Australia Ltd., Fawcett Books, and Viking Canada 'The Middleman and Other Stories' is a remarkable creation by Bharati Mukherjee.
'The Middleman and Other Stories' by Bharati Mukherjee illuminates a new world of people in migration that has transformed into America. This is having a dazzling display of the vision of this important modern writer. An aristocratic Filipina negotiates a new life for herself with an Atlanta investment banker. A Vietnam vet returns to Florida, a place now more foreign than the Asia of his war experience. These stories having a Passionate, comic, violent, and tender touch are truly become successful to draw the readers into the center of a cultural fusion.
(Last Updated on : 06-01-2009)
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