The Holder of the World

The Holder of the World

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name = The Holder of the World
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image_caption = Later paperback edition cover published by Fawcett Books.
author = Bharati Mukherjee
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country = United States
language = English
series =
genre = Novel
publisher = Alfred A. Knopf (USA) & Chatto and Windus (UK)
release_date = September 1993
media_type = Print (Hardback & Paperback)
pages = 286 pp (first edition, hardback)
isbn = ISBN 0-394-58846-0 (first edition, hardback)
preceded_by = Jasmine
followed_by = Leave It to Me

"The Holder of the World", (1993) is a novel by Bharati Mukherjee. It is a retelling of Nathaniel Hawthorne 's 1850 novel "The Scarlet Letter", placing the story in two centuries (17th and 20th). The novel involves time travel through virtual reality, locating itself in 20th century Boston, 17th century Colonial America, and 17th century India during the spread of the British East India Company. It also references Thomas Pynchon's novel, "V.".

Book information

The Holder of the World by Bharati Mukherjee
* Hardcover — ISBN 0-394-58846-0 (ISBN-13: 978-0-394-58846-9), published in September 1993 by Alfred A. Knopf.
* Paperback — ISBN 0-449-90966-2 (ISBN-13: 978-0-449-90966-9), published in September 1994 by Random House


Srikanth, Rajini. "The World Next Door: South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America." Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004: 187-192.

External links

*" [ Holders of the Word:An Interview with Bharati Mukherjee] "
*" [ Breaking the Borders of Gendered Space: Female Characters in Aritha van Herk's No Fixed Address and Bharati Mukherjee's The Holder of the World] "
* [ Reader's guide]
* [ Powells book review]
* [ A Selected Annotated Bibliography]

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