In Splendid Isolation: Exploring Literature of Bhutan in English through Karma Ura’s The Hero with a Thousand Eyes
Karma Ura is an eminent writer of literature of Bhutan in English. His works are prominent among the new voices of independent Bhutanese writers who are drawing on Bhutan’s rich cultural history and heritage. Literature of Bhutan in English is fifty years old and has been under received by the contemporary artists and critics. They see it as a literature which is lost in the labyrinth of extremes “with one romanticizing Bhutan as modern ‘Shangri-la’ (a utopia) while the other portrayed it as a genocidal state” (Karma Phuntsho The History of Bhutan). With the advent of modernization in the latter half of the twentieth century, Bhutan emerged “like a shy bride gradually removing her veil” (Karma Phuntsho The History of Bhutan) from its social, political, cultural and geographical isolation. Bhutan’s exposure to the outside world brought many new Bhutanese writers on stage to present their ‘Dragon Kingdom’ in English. This paper thereby aims to bring out the ‘splendid’ rise of an ‘isolated’ nation through Karma Ura’s The Hero with a Thousand Eyes.