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Witness to history
Naguib Mahfouz inscribed Cairo, its spaces and its lives in the hearts of his readers.
K.R. Usha stitches fact and fiction together with delicate, strong seams.
David Davidar on his second book, Solitude of the Emperors, and how he juggles two hats.
Essentiality of form
Norman MacCaig’s ideological view was that poetry should ‘examine the emotional and intellectual meaning of any event and any word.’
Nazim Hikmat: The poet of Turkey
Memories in the mist
Vignettes from the journals of two foreigners who travelled through Punjab in the early 19th century.
Of military ranks
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Round and round
Coming as it does without hype, My revolutions is thought provoking.
Heart of darkness
This novel is a severe indictment of the lunacy of war in Afghanistan.
Stories from two realms
While the stories of the surreal are clichéd, the realistic ones have an earthy appeal.
Evocative and lucid, the novel is let down by its weighty concerns.
Relationships and equations
Set amidst a world of swirling numbers, Gifted describes the immigrant dilemma.
No emotions or insight
McEwan tries to follow in the footsteps of D.H. Lawrence but succeeds only partially.
A simply structured multi-layered narrative.
A story worth reading
The tragedy and triumph of the human spirit in general, and the dream of independence in particular, are still relevant.
The upside of ageing
A wry look at what most women don’t want to look at.
Creator and critic
Radicalism of the past has created a vibrant literature of social commitment.
Set against the Biafran war of independence, the book evokes horror and empathy.
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