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Londonstani:The Language of Indo-Brit Rudeboy-Multiculturalism


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Gautam Malkani's Londonstani (2006) is a marvel of Literary Fiction. Stylistically, it has stunning originality. Malkani has made, what F. R. Leavis has describes as "exploratory creative use of language." This means finding a poetic style, even in prose, to express an original content. Malkani's novel presents a multicultural situation in which Indian youngsters settled in West London speak and act in highly objectionable ways. But, then, it is their language and their life which communicates their vulgar kind of existence. The novel reveals how different the multicultural position for the Indo-Brit relations has become for this new generation in West London. The present paper analyses the narrative, the language and the dialogue, each of which is highly original. The British, pretending to be Indian, narrator in the novel is unique because he is its tale as well as the teller. That even expletives and vulgarity can be used to create literary fiction, has been argued in this paper.

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Multicultural Fiction, Gautam Malkani, Londonstani, Realism, Narrative, The language of Fiction, Dialogue, Lacan, Literary Fiction, F. R. Leavis, West London.
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Abhimanyu Pandey
Department of English, Allahabad University, Allahabad, U.P., India

Abstract


Gautam Malkani's Londonstani (2006) is a marvel of Literary Fiction. Stylistically, it has stunning originality. Malkani has made, what F. R. Leavis has describes as "exploratory creative use of language." This means finding a poetic style, even in prose, to express an original content. Malkani's novel presents a multicultural situation in which Indian youngsters settled in West London speak and act in highly objectionable ways. But, then, it is their language and their life which communicates their vulgar kind of existence. The novel reveals how different the multicultural position for the Indo-Brit relations has become for this new generation in West London. The present paper analyses the narrative, the language and the dialogue, each of which is highly original. The British, pretending to be Indian, narrator in the novel is unique because he is its tale as well as the teller. That even expletives and vulgarity can be used to create literary fiction, has been argued in this paper.

Keywords


Multicultural Fiction, Gautam Malkani, Londonstani, Realism, Narrative, The language of Fiction, Dialogue, Lacan, Literary Fiction, F. R. Leavis, West London.

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