We are delighted to welcome scholar and author Niti Sampat-Patel to the 2018 Fairway Galle Literary Festival.
Niti Sampat-Patel has a PhD in Literature and Cinema Studies from New York University and has taught both film and literature in the USA and India.
Her first book, “Postcolonial Masquerades: Culture and Politics in Literature, Film, Video and Photography” was published by Garland/Routledge in 2001.
Subsequently she was part of the editorial team for the “Encyclopedia of South Asian Writing” published by Greenwood Press and has contributed scholarly articles to various anthologies and journals around the world.
Her first work of fiction, “Moon Goddess”, published in 2017, is an epic novel that spans India, USA and Lebanon. Echoing the structure of T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”, it chronicles the lives of several generations of women and examines the nature of memory and violence as characters attempt to reconstruct the past. This complex and spellbinding saga with intertwining stories of love, loss and subterfuge with both disruptive and healing characteristics; uses myth, quotations, prophecy, fact, and fiction to tell a compelling tale of fate and chance, personal choice and public intrigue.
Niti Sampat-Patel lives and writes in Bombay and the USA and is currently working on her second novel, “The Color of Sunset”.