Identity politics in Cosmopolitan Culture: A Study of Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House
“Set against the panorama of contemporary politics and culture”, Salman Rushdie’s latest novel The Golden House, like his previous novels, is both a metafiction and a political allegory. The events of the story are narrated from a neighbour’s point of view, named Rene and through his eyes we have seen the lives of the powerful Golden family. The clandestine lives of Nero Golden and his family, their migration from Bombay to New York and their individual interests on pop culture, art and music lead Rene to explore more about their personal lives and in doing so he finds some darker identities which are beyond his imagination. The camouflaged identity of each character leads the reader to seek the inherent features of it. Nero’s early relation with the Bombay underworld and Dionysus’s confusion with his own gender identity are some of the important events that have been explored by Rushdie with his brilliant narrative technique. Rushdie in this novel tries to bring the cosmopolitan hybrid culture and situates his characters to show its various dimensions; such as power-politics, hyper-reality, hyper-space. Migrating from Bombay to New York and then in creating an imaginary homeland how these individuals’ lives have been shaped by the cosmopolitan culture is one of the dominant themes of this novel.
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