Since the 1950s, the decade in which the writer was born Rohinton Mistry, deaths in the Parsi community in India have outpaced the number of births. The stories and novels of this successful and well-known author document the daily lives of these small, and threatened, people who are influential commercial rise of the city of Bombay.
Germaine Greer, who had spent four months teaching in India, returned one of her novels as “a book about the Indians of Canada.What could be worse?” I could not recognize India that I had learned in its representation.
Amit Chaudhari wrote a review of such a long journey that characterized parsis of having “a bad character that we take the result of incestuous marriages of a small community.” In a way, it is not surprising that some books including a group of people in India would carry rejection and critical stereotypes.
But his books – just three novels and a collection of short stories, plus the unique and bizarre history here and there – have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. Mistry was on the Oprah Winfrey show after choosing a fine balance for the Oprah Reading Club – it was only the second non-American book she has ever chosen.
Each of his novels wins or has been shortlisted for an important literary prize. Said of a long journey marked Margaret Atwood for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction. His swimming history classes are considered one of the best examples of the genre and are included in many anthologies of short fiction. Mistry is quiet, polite and reserved in interviews. His fiction is well known, but little is known about how man himself thinks.
Mistry grew up in a family that appreciates music and books. His grandfather owned a bookstore. His brother, Cyrus, became an award-winning playwright and novelist, whose novel Carrier Chronicle, which won the DSC Award for South Asian Literature in 2014, is an interesting companion book to his brother because it underscores A marginalized community that transports and cleans the bodies of the Parsis.
While Rohinton Mistry emigrated to Canada at the age of 23 to join her fiancé, Cyrus spent his entire life in India. As a result, it is sometimes said that Mistry is a world submerged in nostalgia. But perhaps the feat of Mistry is exactly that it has retained a moment in the history of Mumbai.
Nostalgia is often a tribute to authors of the diaspora, but Mistry’s work draws attention to the politics and tragedies of his domestic age. If they embalmed their characters in empathy, this only served to make them valuable to readers.
In a particularly revealing statement in an interview, Mistry said, “I do not like smart books; I like honest books.” Its long-time editor, Ellen Seligman, pointed out that Mistry does not want the reader to account for his own writing. She explained: “The writing is there to serve the story and the characters.”
Mistry’s novels are short, but readers read from beginning to end for their plain, clear prose. The plot does not slow down to reflect a lyric section. This does not mean that Mistry does not provide important information about the characters, but he manages to do both at the same time.