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The Children of Hurin; J.R.R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien, Harper Collins, Rs. 495.
Story and the novel
IN the "Literary Review" of April 1, two pieces appear which take diametrically opposed positions on the novel. Ajit Duara, on the first page reviewing the most astonishing novel I have read in recent years Govardhan's Travels, is uneasy ...
Levels of displacement
It's always heartening to be reminded that there are nations of fellow-nobodies in every part of the world.
A simple message
While the French writer Franck Pavloff's novel talks about the dangers of fascism, it is more than a political manifesto.
FACE TO FACE
Such a long journey
Rehman Rahi, recently awarded the Gnanpith, writes poetry that reflects the beauty of the Kashmiri language and the pain and suffering of its people.
A world view driven by materialism
State of the Environment Report
Anil Agarwal Reader 1-3, Centre for Science and Environment. SOME of his thoughts border on the anarchic. Here's a sample: "If you want to improve this country, take my advice. Get rid of the government and take ...
GENDER is about the two sexes, but the feminine has come to dominate the word to such an extent that it has almost become synonymous with women. And with good reason, acknowledges Gautam Bhan, general editor of the Sexualities list at Yoda Press. ...
1857 controversy: RIP
Rebellion 1857, edited by P. C. Joshi, National Book Trust of India, Rs. 100. BY a happy coincidence, 2007 is not just the 150th anniversary of the First War of Indian Independence, but also the birth centenary of P.C. ...
Wolf of The Plains; Conn Iggulden; Harper Collins; Rs. 395. THE name, Genghis Khan, conjures images of unmitigated blood sport. Historical lore abounds with stories of his cruelty. Little is known about his life, given ...
Song of the road
With the instant success of On the Road, Jack Kerouac was the undoubted King of the Beat generation.
Hue and cry, or hullabaloo
Hundreds of years after they were first written, Ryokan's poems still have the power to enchant.
An all too familiar treatment
Kumar does his characters and locations a disservice by making them so entirely predictable.
Exploring fault lines
This is not an exercise in unqualified anti-Americanism but a subtle analysis of the cracks that run through the world today.
A mish-mash of tales tried, tested and told many times over.
Life is like this only...
The novel reveals the drama that emerges from even seemingly ordinary lives.
Finding her place
Standing Alone in Mecca: A Pilgrimage into the Heart of Islam, Asra Q. Nomani, HarperCollins, p. 413, Rs. 395. A LITTLE over two years ago, an academic at the Virginia Commonwealth University in the U.S. became a heroine ...
Talented, but self-indulgent
What would have been riveting in a Sunday magazine travel piece becomes a strain in an extra-long novel.
Return of the exile
Nuruddin Farah's latest novel focuses on the struggle of both women and his country.
Sensitive stories about the modern woman.
Poet of unhappiness
Surendran's works are telling examples of creative link-ups.
A life half-lived
Above Average is horribly reminiscent of life in Indian colleges.
Dark tales from Goa
A collection of stories within a broader narrative, the book is a brave attempt.
Violence within the home
A painstakingly reconstructed account of a landmark case.
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