The Study of the Impact of Diaspora on the Identity with Reference to the Novel the Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

  • Basim S. Albuhamdan, Elizabeth M. Anthony, Rana M. Swain


The study is advocated by the broader of Diasporic theory, first advocated by William Safran and propounded by other notable Diasporic Theorists such as Cohen and Conner. Kiran Desai is one of the most brilliant young authors of the present arena of Indian diasporic literature. She is a daughter of a well-known novelist Anita Desai who is also known as a diasporic author in Indian English Writing. In her second fabulous novel ‘The Inheritance of Loss’, which she awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2006. She was the 3rd Indian woman who wins the Booker Prize including Arundhati Roy and Salman Rushdie. Desai was destined to travel from one place to another. In her stunning book The inheritance of loss, Desai, tries to describe her characters as a diasporic. This simplistic hypothesis is inadequate and can lead them to solace in literature. The study concludes that all the protagonists try to fight for their identity while they living in a diasporic condition. This paper examines the impact of diaspora on the protagonists’ identity and examines if and how the diasporic affects their identity since they travel aside from their native land. To sum up, Identity seems an important thing in the world which decides the value of them and this is the novelty of this study.