In some ways, this book marks just a beginning. The British Asian authors it focuses on are all still writing, seven of them are under the age of fifty. Their presence has realised Salman Rushdie's ‘newness’: a reinvigoration of British fiction from a perspective that can be compared to neither the postcolonial writing of their parents' generation nor an earlier British literature written from a predominantly white, predominantly Christian, perspective. Such ‘newness’ takes many divergent forms, and cannot be reduced to a singular definition of the ‘British Asian text’. Rather, it offers complex interventions into issues not just of race or ethnicity, but also broader questions of gender, religion, community and – ultimately, as with all fiction – what it means to live. This beginning is marked, moreover, by the emergence of a number of new voices – all in their thirties, and all born in Britain.
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