In search of a Reader

Over a dark and quiet empire
alone I fly-and emvy you,
two-headed eagle who at least
have always yourself to talk to.

Andrei Voznsensky

Whatever the concerns of seeking writing of substance in litSA pages, it still leaves unanswered the crucial and oft-neglected question about south asian writing in English: who, or rather, where is the reader? Would comparison between Latin American literature and the more recent south asian literature in English prove fruitful? Only perhaps to the extent (with deference to their un-shared histories, different colonial pasts, the status of Spanish as the lingua franca of the region) of their respective entries into world literature.

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Himal Southasian