Traditional Hindu Elements in Kiran Desai’s The Inheritance of Loss

Maria Camilla Di Tullio (Docente di scuola secondaria)

Abstract

Il seguente articolo offre un’interpretazione indologica del romanzo The Inheritance of Loss ad opera di Kiran Desai, analizzando atteggiamenti e dinamiche che risultano ancora più significativi se filtrati attraverso l’etica induista. Alcuni tra i principi induisti più evidenti che si celano nella storia sono il peccato del samudrayana connesso al viaggio oltreoceano; la disattenzione nei confronti del proprio dharma, causa questa della sventura di alcuni personaggi; l’equilibrio esistenziale degli opposti; il monte mitologico Meru simbolizzato dal monte Kanchenjunga; il velo di Maya suggerito dalla costante presenza della nebbia.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-106

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