Solipsism or Solidarity: The Nation, Pramoedya Ananta Toer and Salman Rushdie

TitleSolipsism or Solidarity: The Nation, Pramoedya Ananta Toer and Salman Rushdie
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsRoosa, J
JournalEconomic and Political Weekly
Volume36
Pagination2681-2688
ISBN Number0012-9976
Abstract

Among postcolonial novels, Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children and Pramoedya's Buru quartet bear a clear resemblance, for both are responses to the degeneration seen in postcolonial societies. This article, a comparative study of the two novels, seeks to understand the value of the realistic historical novel; the individual's relation to the national community; the reasons for the degeneration of postcolonial societies and the significance of exile.