EXISTENTIALISM IN “FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN”

Manisha Sharma

Abstract


Existentialism, a quite contemporary dogma
apparent in the philosophical and literary work of Sartre, was much in
vogue in the European literature dating back from mid-twentieth century.
Existentialism dealing greatly with the alienated trepidation,
preposterousness, prejudice, escapism, over attraction for liberation,
started becoming the subject matter of almost all the writers of the
modern age. As an avant-garde novelist, Anita Desai in “Fire on the
Mountain” exhibits a strong inclination towards the existentialist
interpretation of the human predicament.” Desai’s characters of Nanda
Kaul, Raka and Ila Das are studies of women in the utter maze of
isolation and ennui. The novel espouses the universal human struggle for
survival, especially in the face of a never ending spiral of human
failures and misfortunes.

Keywords


Existentialism, trepidation, preposterousness, prejudice, escapism

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21922/srjis.v5i43.11377

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