Diamond in my Palm – a novel


Sanjay Dharwadker

Slated for release in November.

Genre

When a new novel comes up for release, one of the questions posed is: to what genre does it belong? This can be tricky.
I never set out to write my first novel, Diamond in my Palm in any particular genre, however the publisher classifies it as historical fiction.
This is indeed exciting because many of the classics we know (and novels that transcend the generation and gender barrier) belong to this genre. My favorite authors, Marquez and Eco have written books that are identified as historical fiction, and both have created nuanced variations within this genre.
For a novel to be deemed historical fiction, it need not be set in the past. It could well be set in the present, but against a historical backdrop, for example. Borges takes it a step further. His short story “Library of Babel” is…

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