>>7680901 >>7680896 What if the second language doesn't have a strong literary tradition, or at least there might be an unsuspected market for "English" literature in another language. Learning another language well enough to write your above-average novel in it might be easier than writing a great novel in English. At least for some people.
I don't know whether writing a really good Pashto (e.g.) novel counts as "world-class" though.
>>7680109 She is Indian. Indians have a strong tradition in English, for good or bad, thanks to two hundred years of colonial rule. India has produced a good number of well known "literary-type" English writers. Although there are extremely strong and extensive traditions in the local languages (particularly Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam, Assamese, Odisi, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Kannadiga and Sanskrit).
Although Jhumpa grew up in US, there are plenty who produced most of their literature in India - Rushdie, Amitav Ghose, Vikram Seth, etc. Little known ones would be RK Narayan (praised by Graham Greene), and other translated authors.
Besides, there's a lot of great 2nd language literature out there. Nabokov, Conrad and Naipaul are the classics. Practically define this genre if it can be called so. The first lines of Orhan Pamuk's memoir starts with them. I think Brodsky wrote in English too(?). Not Sure.
Then there's Beckett - Irish, wrote most famous works in French. Kerouac - raised in French, wrote in English. Cioran wrote in French - a third language. Lit would hate her but Ayn Rand was raised in Russian. Yann Martel - raised French, wrote about the adventures of an Indian boy in a former French colony, but in English. Milan Kundera. Franz Fanon, although if you believe Saul Bellow there was nothing of value that could be produced in his native language. Thomas Piketty - french, not sure if Capital is translated but I think it was originally in English, not translated. Karl Marx now that I think about it, used to write in English for the New York Tribune - even Engels, who was English co-wrote with Marx in German I think.
“Conrad,Nabokov, Naipaul - these are writers known for having managed to migrate between languages, cultures, countries, continents, even civilizations. Their imaginations were fed by exile, a nourishment drawn not through roots but through rootlessness. My imagination however, requires that I stay in the same street, in the same house, gazing at the same view. Istanbul's fate is my fate. I am attached to this city because it has made me who I am.”
>>7682244 So did Naipaul. Lots of old-school continentals and Indians too. Lots of non-English countries have people knowing atleast two languages,more depending on the diversity. So its natural that famous expat-writers would know quite a few languages. Coetzee, Gordimer, Kipling, Orwell are all trilingual. All Indian English writers would be trilingual, because that is how the education system works there (Rushdie, Ghose, Narayan).
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