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Sunday, August 01, 2004
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Simple and silent
The new poetry being written in Malayalam today moves away from ideology towards experience, says THACHOM POYIL RAJEEVAN.
I read therefore I am
We all read to understand what and where we are. It is as essential to life as breathing itself, says PRIYA BALASUBRAMANIAM
SOUTH AFRICAN LITERATURE
The new post-apartheid literature of South Africa reflects the problems and moral issues apartheid has left in its wake, writes ANURADHA KUMAR.
The truth as it is
`What is special about the book is that it so naturally includes the man-woman relationship in its presentation of the manifold aspects of life and living.'
Chekhov A hundred years on
`Chekhov became an interpreter of the underneath life through small observations and comical imitations of daily life even as his characters appear to be cut off from inwardness.'
A nation's memories
THE month before August is the time SPARROW receives a lot of calls from journalists and others who want to bring out special issues for the Independence Day. Suddenly people remember that some freedom fighters may still be alive and that they ...
INTRIGUE, passion and then finally murder. Just the right ingredients to make a powerful story come alive. But sometimes the flavouring of the spices can get overpowering and kill the main serving. Ravi Shankar Etteth's novel suffers from a ...
WHAT would be the dream life of a book lover? What would be her fantasies? Curious, I asked a handful of book lovers about their favourite literary fantasies. "I get a letter out of the blue saying: `You alone among all my fans understand me. We ...
Wake up, Sleeping Beauty
A FRIEND once said, not without some dramatic infusion, that all Hollywood movies were a remake of the Cinderella, Snow White or Sleeping Beauty theme. Since the last two "Wordspeak" columns were about the former two, it seemed befitting to see ...
The poet's eye
`The narrative is remarkable for its rich poetic texture, offering human aspects of the Palestinian problem expressed in a language which is fresh and vivid in visual imagery.'
A rationalist's religion
`Had Sardar pondered on ... the evidence of a composite culture, perhaps he would have reached a different existential basis for the possible paths to paradise.'
The publicists are comparing The Rule of Four to The Name of the Rose, but Campbell and Thomason have a much livelier way with words than the translated Umberto Eco we have access to.'
The cat is out of the bag
`Americans who had lost their dear ones now are provoked deeply on hearing the allegations of Clarke that the President and his aides had not done enough to protect America.'
The glitter of his loss
`If as writers we can learn from Moraes, it must be from his prose, and I think his greater achievements are in this form.'
A plea for justice
`The plot revolves around the intricate operation of patriarchy and its conjunction with feudalism, religion, culture and politics.'
`These stories take you on an exciting journey, and you traverse a whole gamut of human experience and emotions that reflect the changing Tamil milieu.'
How clean they are
NAPOLEAN'S invasion of Egypt in 1798 signalled the growing dominance of European power over the Muslim world, a dominance which was virtually complete by the end of the First World War. More or less rapidly, the elites of Muslim societies ...
Chronicle of love and loss
`The Last Song of Dusk is a breathless piece of narration, which, in its sartorial magnificence, invites you to suspend all disbelief for a moment... '
`Ruth Prawer Jhabvala describes the book as potentially autobiographical. And reading through the stories, one is tempted to ask: how much of it is drawn from the writer's own life?'
Mystery of the missing toes
Exclusive extracts from Manoj Das' recently published, episodic autobiography of childhood in an Oriyan Village.
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