The Autobiographical Fiction of Mulkraj Anand’s
The novel, Seven Summers is the first in the series of Mulk Raj Anand’s seven volume work, The Seven Ages of Man. Anand introduces his child hero, Krishan Chander, who is only a thinly disguised fictional presentation of Anand himself, and most of his experiences belong to his creator.Seven summers is invaluable in the study of the influences that shaped Anand’s mind and made him the writer and the man he is. His parents and their attitudes influenced him strongly, and his portrait of his family is candid and exact. It is a brilliant novel on childhood. In Seven Summers he dramatizes his own experiences and presents an intense soul searching account of his real life. Krishan Chander is the protagonist of the novel and his early perceptions and impressions form the palpable substance of the story. The novel purportedly deals with the life of krishan in his formative years. The central motif of the novel lies in the exploration of the theme of “innocence” and experience.
This novel is invaluable in the study of the influences that shaped the author’s mind and made him the writer and the man he is. His parents and their attitudes influenced him very strongly and his portrait of his family is can did and real. It is a brilliant autobiographical fiction. Even though Krishan is showed as an innocent boy all the incidents and conversations have been clearly depicted by the author- hero.
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