Reporter Elizabeth Kuruvilla in India writes: "It may just be that modern literature's tendency to compartmentalise genres according to subject matter is being shaken up.
Earlier this year, Indian-American author Amitav Ghosh devoted a large part of his book, ''The Great Derangement'', which is about climate change, to examining why this subject does not – cannot – feature in literary novels.
And if “serious” writers do take on the topic, HE ARROGANTLY SAID, the book would automatically be “relegated” to the supposedly “lesser” sci-fi genre, notwithstanding the quality of the writing, he said in his book that has received a mixed reception just for that remark.
As an Indian publisher recently told a reporter in Mumbai - with delight-- that several talented Indian writers nowadays just don't see the need to adhere to the rules of the modern literary novel as arrogantly laid out by Indian-American essayist Amitav Ghosh in The Great Derangement.
-- [Quoted from Mint/Tribune News Service/by Indian reporter Elizabeth Kuruvilla]