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Sunday, December 05, 2004
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Mad about theatre
A rose by another name
Certain gaps and silences in a chunk of contemporary fiction points to a disturbing trend, says TABISH KHAIR. It marks the wilful construction of an ahistorical reader who passively celebrates the text.
THIS kind of American historical fiction goes back to James Fenimore Cooper's second novel, The Spy: A Tale of the Neutral Ground (1821), in which George Washington makes an appearance, fictional and historical characters jostle, and there ...
The secret life
ARUNA CHANDARAJU talks to Anita Nair about her recent children's book and other creative concerns.
SONYA DUTTA CHOUDHURY on the French novelist Jean Echenoz, whose novel I am Gone was recently released in India.
Saga of a Century
A.J. THOMAS remembers the writer who chose to highlight the plight of the underdog.
Coming of age in Russia
LITERATURE takes a great deal of living with and living by. And all great literature is autobiographical in the last analysis, even if it becomes "experience completely transformed". Because it is essentially autobiographical, it is not about ...
SUDDENLY, there are so many fresh editions of Jawaharlal Nehru's books that one cannot be faulted for wondering whether they have anything to do with the changed political climes in the country. The first six months of the Congress-led United ...
LOVE is a compulsive emotion. And when it overtakes reasonable common sense, delusion sets in. Three Dog Night by Peter Goldsworthy opens a new window to the rich world of Australian literature. Drawn around the Walpiri tribes, this story ...
The Code revisited
DON'T get me wrong I loved The Da Vinci Code as much as any conspiracy buff out there, but to take it seriously as established history would be actually doing the book a disservice. Dan Brown's unputdownable theological thriller ...
The most beautiful word
LANGUAGE, like sex and food, is an intensely personal thing; since everyone uses it, everyone has an opinion about it. Therefore, when the Goethe Institute and the German Language Council announced an international contest to find the most ...
The Penguin Book of Hindu Names for Girls, Maneka Gandhi, Penguin, 2004, p.151, Rs. 200...
Surfeit of riches
The irrepressible spirit of poetry permeated the Sahitya Akademi's Kavyabharati festival of poetry. RONITA TORCATO reports.
`Both Indulekha and Madhavan, English educated and reasonably comfortable with tradition and custom, are signposts to an emerging modernity.'
SUDEEP SEN looks at some recently published poetry collections.
To Skelton, with scholarship
`I discovered new vistas... that felt like re-visiting a gorgeous, familiar garden and chancing upon new species in bloom.'
Dreaming the disintricated life
`Landing Light is Paterson's most evocative work yet; spiritual, vigorously sensual...'
`The language is lucid and the narrative moves steadily without jerks despite the abridgement.'
Pick of the lot
`The best from among thousands of entries edited, published and sold in the United States by professional journalists are showcased.'
The production of crisis
`While not necessarily offering a new or actively enabling perspective, these works do offer a static place for reflection as opposed to pure angst.'
`Gangopadhyay's blasι reliance on intrinsic talent shows up in this novel too, which is, incidentally, very entertaining and informative, instead of being brilliant and rigorous.'
`Alienated from our natural surroundings, one can see why modern readers are bewitched by the idea of a golden age... '
`It would appear that Monk has allowed his personal animus to cloud his judgment somewhat more than the subject of his biography did.'
The politician's plot
`Disraeli is uncannily prescient about history and his observations are insightful, to say the least.'
`Both plays linger in memory long after you have finished the last line Tipu for its fervent nationalism and Bali for the power of the thought.'
Shouldn't there be Moore?
The good part about Dudley Moore is that one can see why `Cuddly Dudley' was so endearing... '
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