Fiction and the study of slums: Anosh Irani's The Cripple and His Talismans

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Abstract

In this article, I deal with the difficulty of applying conventional methods to the study of slums, the poverty-stricken quarters of the world's big cities. I show the difficulty of United Nations (UN) reports, urban studies, and journalistic accounts to grasp the poverty, crime, drug culture, alternative economy, alternative medicine, and political corruption prevailing in slums and analyze Anosh Irani's novel The Cripple and His Talismans as a way to demonstrate how these elements are highlighted by a shift from reality to fantasy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-261
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Poverty
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bombay
  • Fiction
  • Magical realism
  • Poverty
  • Slums

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