CONTENTS:- 1. Partition: A Brief Historical Survey. 2. Political Novel: Some Theoretical Considerations. 3. A Brief Survey of the Partition Novel. 4. Major Novels-I: North Indian Novelists. 5. Major Novels-II: South Indian Novelists. 6. English Translations. 7. Conclusions: The Partition Novel: It's Achievements.
The book presents an exhaustive study of the Indian English novels written on the theme of the partition of the Indian subcontinent that took place in 1947. It throws light and objectively analyses the causes and effects of the fateful decision of the partition that rendered millions to migrate and an equal number to face horried atrocities, arsoning, abductions, rapes and unforeseen violence.
The book covers a good numbers of novels, right from Ramanand Sagar's Aur Insaan Mar Gaya (1948) in Urdu to Khushwant Singh's Train to Pakistan (1956) to Chaman Nahal's Azadi (1975) to Baldwin's What the Body Remembers (1999) and Manju Kapur's Home (2006). Written in a very simple and pleasant style the book will certainly help the scholars and the students of Indian writing in English.