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Chronology iii

Rohinton Mistry
PETER MOREY

Manchester University Press
Manchester and New York distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave

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Copyright © Peter Morey 2004 The right of Peter Morey to be identified as the author of this work has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Published by Manchester University Press Oxford Road, Manchester m13 9nr, uk and Room 400, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, ny 10010, usa www.manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk Distributed exclusively in the USA by Palgrave, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, ny 10010, usa Distributed exclusively in Canada by ubc Press, University of British Columbia, 2029 West Mall, Vancouver, bc, Canada v6t 1z2 British Library Cataloguing-in-Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data applied for Cu

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Typeset in Aldus by Koinonia, Manchester Printed in Great Britain by Bell & Bain Ltd, Glasgow

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acknowledgements series editor’s foreword list of abbreviations chronology 1 Contexts and intertexts 2 ‘Throbbing between two lives’: the structures of migration in Tales from Firozsha Baag 3 Mistry’s Hollow Men: language, lies and the crisis of representation in Such a Long Journey 4 Thread and circuses: performing in the spaces of city and nation in A Fine Balance

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5 Running repairs: corruption, community and duty in Family Matters 125 6 Critical overview 152 7 Conclusion — Rohinton Mistry: international man of stories 171 notes 178 select bibliography 197 index 205

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Acknowledgements

So many people have helped this study on its way that it seems invidious to single out individuals. However, certain colleagues and friends old and new have had a direct impact on what follows. They include Ken Swindell, who first introduced me to the work of Rohinton Mistry, and Roger Bromley, Shirley Chew and Elleke Boehmer who, quite apart from their perennial support, gave their various seals of approval to the project in its early stages. In London, Roberta Garrett and Kate Hodgkin, colleagues from the University of East London, offered practical help by locating some early reviews of Family Matters while I was out of the country. Likewise, Angela Atkins furnished material which gave me a head start on that particular novel. Thanks are also owed to William Radice and Narguess Farzad from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London: the former for allowing me to refine some of the ideas relating to Such a Long Journey in a guest teaching slot on his South Asian Literature course; and the latter for...
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