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Too Asian, Not Asian Enough: An anthology of new British Asian fiction [Paperback]

Khavita Bhanot
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6 Oct 2011
A foodie revenge for a broken marriage; a nosy grandmother takes spying on her neighbours too far; a woman teacher is groomed by an artistic man and his clever son; a brutally short haircut makes a woman reassess her life; a gang-related attack comes back to haunt the perpetrator; a woman revisits the grave of her sister-in-law in Kenya . . . But also: a Roman soldier's lover; a frightened traveller in Jerusalem; a collector of hair in a European country; a teacher in New York is drawn to a girl and her East Asian composer boyfriend; a gay man is swindled during a whirlwind affair; an argument at a coke-fuelled party; three men disappointed at an upmarket sex club; an artist unwittingly precipitates the downfall of David Beckham . . .

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Tindal Street (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906994242
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906994242
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.4 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 373,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Madhvi was born in London, where she studied English and Creative Writing at university. She likes blueberries, the ocean, second hand book shops and dark chocolate. She lives in Berlin with her husband and imaginary cat.

http://madhviramani.com/

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A new British Asian generation highlights identity issues with a cornucopia of energetic and surprising fiction

About the Author

Kavita Bhanot grew up in London and lived in Birmingham before moving to Delhi to direct an Indian-British literary festival and then work as an editor for India's first literary agency. She has had several stories published in anthologies and magazines.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, provocative work 24 Nov 2011
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Too Asian, Not Asian Enough is a highly provocative collection of short stories which question the identity of British Asian writing and open up the floor for ripe debate. Seeking to break away from the stultifying and now tired confines of stereotypical British Asian narratives, from arranged marriages to alienation in a strange English island, editor Kavita Bhanot aims to harness the voices of a new generation of authors to paint a fresh portrait. The result is a compellingly refreshing and sensitive selection of stories, which are juxtaposed against each other to great effect, not only in tone but most evidently in geographic scale, from the heart of New York and mountainous rural European communities to gay night clubs in Manchester. Favourite stories which stood out for me included the biting prose of Rajeev Balasubramanyam's The Tablet of Bliss, in which David Beckham, that iconic embodiment of Britishness meets his doom in a world turned on its head. I also loved the simultaneously comedic and sad Windows by Madhvi Ramani, a bittersweet discourse on loneliness in old age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of great stories! 13 Dec 2011
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This is a great and much-needed collection of short stories written by very talented, budding young writers. I haven't read all of the stories yet, but the ones I have read have been very engaging. More than that, this collection moves away from stereotyped images of Asians and lets writers just write outside of the confines of ethnic categories. For that reason alone, it is worth a read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Too Asian, Not Asian Enough: Fiction from the New Generation: An Anthology of New British Asian Fiction
Kavita Bhanot has done an immense service to those who are interested in where current British South Asian writing is going by assembling this very varied collection of short stories from new writers. The range of writers is extremely varied, as are the literary styles these short stories adopt (many of these writers have moved away from the style of magical realism we associate with Salman Rushdie and have adopted the new realism assoicated with writers like Raymond Carver)and the variety of themes explored within this collection. Bhanot has a sharp introduction which locates current developments in British South Asian fiction and does much to explain how British Asian writers feel about their writing. It would be unfair to single out any particular writer for praise here, as all of the stories in this collection have something important to say, are worth reading and the price for a volume of this length is a keen one. This book is an essential purchase for anyone interested in the field of British South Asian writing, for school and university libraries and for aspiring British Asian writers.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss 7 Dec 2012
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The idea of writing short stories which don't focus on the usual stereotypical storylines was an interesting idea, but the quality of the stories was rather hit and miss. A book suitable for passing the time but nothing more.
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