While Vassanji finds refuge in writing, his characters -- many of whom, whether in No New Land, The In-Between World of Vikram Lall, or The Magic of Saida -- occupy a liminal state, and the angst synonymous with the state of being in diaspora.


This collection was born of a conviction that Vassanji's contributions to the global literary scene merit more in-depth scholarly notice. The articles herein provide various interpretations of Vassanji's writings through a diversity of theoretical frameworks. The fulcrum of much of this research comes back to issues of globalization, transnationalism, identity, post-colonialism, cosmopolitanism and diaspora. While many critics have tried to fit Vassanji and his writing into national perimeters identifying him as Canadian, others as African or Indian, or all of these, none of the writers in this book argue that Vassanji, or his works, belong to any particular national paradigm. Rather, these articles recognize Vassanji's engagement with transnational issues and his preoccupation with history and politics, and concerns of home, migration, exile, loss, belonging, dislocation, violence, trauma, and identity. Included are a new and detailed interview with Vassanji and a previously unpublished article, authored by Vassanji himself.


A scholarly scrutiny of M.G. Vassanji’s contribution to “the global literary scene” is long overdue. It is cause for celebration that this volume, the first in Canada to engage with M. G. Vassanji’s many and important writings, should appear. Noteworthy as well is the fact that it is published by Guernica, an imprint that for numerous years has been a pioneer in publishing writers and critical debates that could be characterized as productively supplementary to the mainstream.

- Canadian Literature A Quarterly Criticism and Review