International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 278

Short Communication

Magic realism in Kiran Desai’s novel “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard”

Ritu Sharma
  • Ritu Sharma
  • Department of Humanities, Jayoti Vidyapeeth Women’s University, Jaipur. India.
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  •  Received: 17 February 2014
  •  Accepted: 09 April 2014
  •  Published: 31 May 2014


Kiran Desai was born in 1971 and educated in India, England and the United States. She studied creative writing at Columbia University, where she was the recipient of a Woolrich fellowship. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker and Salman Rushdie's anthology Mirrorwork: Fifty years of Indian Writing. In 2006 Desai won the MAN Booker Prize for her novel The Inheritance of Loss. Kiran Desai depicts the contemporary society in terms of psychological and social realism with about to happen fact. Kiran Desai’s debut novel Hullaballoo in the Guava Orchard is based on magical realism. Kiran Desai is the daughter of Anita Desai, herself short-listed for the booker prize on three occasions. She was born in Chandigarh, and spent the early years of her life in Pune and Mumbai. She studied in the Cathedral and John Connon school. She left India at 14, and she and her mother then lived in England for a year, and then moved to the United States, where she studied creative writing at bennington college, hollins university and columbia university. Desai resides in the United States, where she is a permanent resident. The aim to present this thesis is to analyze the term magic realism in Kiran Desai’s novel and how subtly the novel runs embossing the fantasy and realism within it.
Key words: Magic realism, Kiran Desai, Guava Orchard and Hullabaloo.