Monday, 11 November 2013

Rohinton Mistry Background Information

Rohinton Mistry Background

            Rohinton Mistry was born on July 3rd, 1952 in Mumbai, India he is of Indian origin and belongs to the Parsi community. Rohinton has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Economics, English and Philosophy from St. Xavier's College in Mumbai and the University of Toronto. He has a number of published short stories about modern day life in India and also has two other published books A Fine Balance (1995) and Family Matters (2002). Rohinton is a very acclaimed author, he has won multiple literary awards including the Hart House Literary Contest in 1983 and 1984, the 1985 Annual Contributor's Prize and most recently the Neustadt International Prize for Literature last year. My ISU novel Such a long Journey (1991) has won the Governor General's Award and was on the Man Booker Prize short list both in 1991. This novel takes place in 1971 Bombay it accurately references to international conflicts with Pakistan in 1948 and then again in 1971. Rohinton Mistry definitely has the authority to write about life in India because that's where he was born and raised and his other books detail the Indian socioeconomic life. 

1 comment:

  1. Riley, thanks for a thorough background to Mistry. You have referred specifically to instances the prove his credibility in writing about India. What role does belonging to the Parsi community play in shaping his perspectives? Does this come out in his writing?