ConFation of Colonial History and Fiction:Revisiting Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children



History and fiction have always been porous genres having overlapping concerns as well as mutual influences. Salman Rushdie is a prominent literary artist among the Indian English authors, who has appropriated himself a space among the creative writers for his extraordinary range of subjects, depth, and his multi–dimensional verbosity and for his epic concerns. Salman Rushdie’s magnum opus Midnight’s Children’s is characterized at the urgency aimed at colonial and postcolonial history of India. The story of the novel moves beyond the bounds of history for the purpose of finding a universal significance of historical forces operating at the times of independence of India and beyond.  The novel can be taken as a magical and haunting tale of partition and loudly talks about the struggle for independence and belongingness that links personal life of the protagonist, Saleem Sinai to the emerging India after Independence. Within the larger frame of narrative, run many others subplots of stories along with the main plot. It is the most popular technique often used in Rushdie’s fictional works. The complicated history of India’s struggle for independence helps the writer to offer insight into the ways of Saleem, the protagonist narrator viewing the world around him.

Key words:  history, fiction, literary, genre, magnum opus.



fiction ;history;colonial; conflation

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