East African Indian fiction, or rather fiction by East African writers of South Asian origin, presents memorable images of ceaseless wandering through strange territory, flight from home-spaces, violent expulsions, and the networks—imaginative and literal—that link the resultant diaspora communities. Ojwang’s article accounts for the different ways in which three key writers, M. G. Vassanji, Bahadur Tejani, and Peter Nazareth, have responded in their fiction to the experiences and exigencies of migration, African nationalisms, and alienation. In doing so, it draws attention to the contribution that these writers, in providing imaginative accounts of one of the classic diasporas of colonialism, make to scholarly understanding of exile in colonial and postcolonial culture.
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Dan Ojwang; Exile and Estrangement in East African Indian Fiction. Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 1 December 2012; 32 (3): 523–542. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/1089201X-1891543
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