Deciphering the melancholic shadows: Melancholy and memory in Amitav Ghosh’s The Shadow Lines
Amitav Ghosh is one of India’s noted contemporary novelists and the winner of 54 the Jnapith award. His works has been extensively translated into many languages and are hailed as true explications of Post-colonial literature. His second novel The Shadow Lines is one such novel, replete with many post-colonial elements both subtle and strong. The novel won two prestigious awards, in 1989- the Sahitya Academy Award and the Ananda Puraskar. In this novel, past and present and history and memory are all wound together smoothly into the fabric of the narrative. The writer’s emphasis on memory allows him to move freely to link the past and present. We can also decipher an all pervading and penetrating melancholy in the novel. This melancholic sadness lingers in and out of the pages yet central to its narrative. The paper focuses on the elements of melancholy and memory in the novel.
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