Chitra Divakaruni's The Mistress of Spices: Deploying Mystical Realism

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Author: Gita Rajan
Editor: Jeffrey W. Hunter
Publisher: Gale, a Cengage Company
Document Type: Critical essay
Length: 8,955 words

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[(essay date spring 2002) In the following essay, Rajan studies the ways in which the use of magical realism in The Mistress of Spices affects the representation of a postcolonial climate in contemporary American culture.]

Divakaruni's prose is so pungent that it stains the page.The New Yorker

We live in a world of many kinds of realisms, some magical, some socialist, some capitalist, and some that are yet to be named. These generic realisms have their provinces of origin: magical realism in Latin American fiction, ... socialist realism in the Soviet Union, ... and capitalist realism ... in the visual and verbal rhetoric of contemporary American advertising.Arjun Appadurai (1997, 53)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|H1100106738