Review of the Book “Cultural Hybridization in the Contemporary Novel” by Diana-Eugenia Panait-Ioncică
The book Cultural Hybridization in the Contemporary Novel is concerned with the issue of cultural hybridization, deemed by the author to be a key concept for defining the world in which we live. The author thinks cultural hybridization cannot be confined to the narrow approach taken by postcolonialism; she extends its significance and sees it as one of the pivotal concepts in contemporary English language literature. The idea at the core of the book is that of plural cultural identities, which combine a multitude of cultural elements. The authors analyzed in the book are Michael Ondaatje, Kazuo Ishiguro and Salman Rushdie. The identities that are shaped by the three authors’ relations to their culture of origin are hybrid identities, which cannot be termed as purely Oriental or Occidental, but are to be found between cultures and nationalities, being mixtures of the above.