“I knew that I was a hybrid”: An interview with Kiran Nagarkar

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Kiran Nagarkar is a well-known bilingual novelist in Marathi and in English who has written several notable and award-winning novels as well as plays. In this interview conducted in August 2016, the novelist discusses his background and his beginnings in Marathi writing, and his years in advertising and working with Kersy Katrak. The novelist discusses the biographical connection to the chawls in Bombay and the role of excrement in his own work. Nagarkar also explains the early popular and literary influences on his work, the sense of his own hybridity across the writing in two languages, and his refusal to search for an originary past.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)43-51
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Postcolonial Writing
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 4 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Literature and Literary Theory


  • Cuckold
  • Fiction
  • Kersy Katrak
  • advertising
  • chawls
  • hybridity


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