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The laziness of magical realism
At its best, magical realism still sees the “non-European” through paradigms created by Europe. At its worst, it becomes internally inconsistent, a symptom of a larger failure to see the structures that make the world unequal and unstable.
Wallace Stevens’ poetry was principally concerned with the problematic relationship between “reality’ and ‘imagination.’
Words on the Web
Magazines on the Internet are opening new vistas to an increasing number of readers.
Wilde and the Devil’s pact
Silences of Shangri La
After the novel is over, haunting questions remain.
The arrogance of race
In the series of Wordspeak columns on dislogistic and pejorative terms, there was an examination of how ethnic — originally meaning any ‘nation’ or ‘people’ — began to be used in the sense of ‘peculiar to ...
Of books inside books
Has any other literary genre captured the drama of bookishness better than bookish thrillers?
Pearls of wisdom
The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Speeches: 1878 to the Present, edited by Rakesh Batabyal, Rs. 595.When the text under review is The Penguin Book of Modern Indian Speeches, one does not expect to see a mention of Union ...
Why the novel matters
Through seven linked essays, Kundera takes us on an exhilarating, pan-European tour of the history of the novel.
Dharker blends the moral, the political and the existential into a quietly crafted poetics.
A Thousand Splendid Suns documents, in vivid detail, the lives of Afghan women, in both the richness and the poverty of their lives.
The book traces the transformation of a child bride into a poet and a social revolutionary.
A good beginning
While the Sahitya Akademi deserves congratulations for its series on Indian plays in English, the selection of scripts and presentation need more care.
This collection testifies that Primo Levi is much more than a reporter of the Holocaust.
Though the book’s elitist canvas is not heart-wrenching, its concerns are real and urgent.
Window on a troubled region
The book brings much-needed basis for optimism and yields a kind of balance in information about both sides.
Not quite immortals
An interesting work that traces the life of two diverse geniuses.
All good news
The short story baton is in safe hands.
Unusual poetic images
Sridala Swami paints the most poignant pictures with the least number of words.
Love and longing in the time of war
By weaving the war into a family’s life, Anam brings home the price that people pay in a time of fighting.
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