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IN CONVERSATION
Finding the words again
For two decades he was just talking about writers and writing. Now, his output is remarkable. "I feel fortunate that I got a second chance," says Jeet Thayil in an exclusive interview.
Essay

Coming to terms with history
Anand writes in response to Keki Daruwalla's "Coming to terms with history" (Literary Review, May 7), a review of Alok Bhalla's Partition Dialogues: Memories of a Lost Home. THE sentence "... Urvashi Butalia's graphic recording of ...

Interview

Life and times of a serial novelist
Alexander McCall Smith admits that it is tough balancing the demands of being an accidental writer.


FACE TO FACE
Poetry of the nitty-gritty
Australian novelist, essayist and short-story writer Delia Falconer goes back into the past to find subjects for her books.

Columns

CLASSICS REVISITED
Anti-fascist manifesto
The Abruzzo Trilogy: Fontamara, (1930) Bread and Wine (1926) and The Seed Beneath the Snow, (1943), Ignazio Silone, Steerforth Press, Paperback, £18.99. Other Books Consulted: Christ Stopped Eboli, Carlo Levi; Selections from Prison Notebooks, Gramsci; Little Novels of Sicily, Giovanni Verga.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Vegemite Vindaloo; David McMahon; Penguin; Rs. 295.
ENDPAPER
Remarkable thrillers
Five new novels offer suspense, scholarship and stylish writing.
WORDSPEAK
When language becomes informal
THE vast number of emails in response to May's Wordspeak ("Echoes in Language") took me by surprise. It was written on a whim, as an off-the-cuff reaction to a linguistic oddity that I came across often in North America. Judging from the way that ...
Bookwatch
Opus Dei: The Truth about its Rituals, Secrets and Power, John L. Allen, Penguin, £4.50. PRIOR to Dan Brown's novel The Da Vinci Code, few outside the Catholic Church — and even within its laity — had heard about the Opus ...

Events

SECOND THOUGHTS
`I remember you well in Chelsea Hotel'

EVENT
Liturgy of the Ajiaco
Impressions of the Bogota Book Fair

Book Review

POETRY
Playtime in the pastures of language
Hoskoté's sense of linguistic play comes through in this volume.
CRITICISM
Deconstructing the Victorian novel
This anthology weaves together important themes in a historical narrative.
LITERARY HISTORY
Aesthetics of resistance
Anthems chronicles the achievements of the Urdu Progressive Writers' Movement.
FICTION
In a new light
"I would not be surprised if this novel turns out to be his magnum opus eventually."
DALIT LITERATURE
Quietly affirmative
The Grip of Change is a work of literature, not a manifesto.
POETRY
A time for healing
These poems show the vibrancy and the diversity of the Indian poetic tradition.
FICTION
A place like any other
Set in Thailand, the stories focus on hopes, disappointments and everyday struggles.
CITYSCAPES
A rounder definition
What does it means to be an expat in Bangalore?
THRILLER
A world of deception
Donna Leon's book explores another Venice, a complex city of intrigue and corruption.
FICTION
Richly embroidered moments
Brahma's Dream: A Novel; Shree Ghatage; IndiaInk; Rs. 495.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY
An unusual self-portrait
Truly, this is a story of courage under fire.

Focus

TRENDS
Bonding over the written word
Are literary festivals becoming a fashion in India?



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