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Translation offers a multiplicity of complex worlds, all waiting to be interpreted, understood and absorbed.
True to the original
These stories mirror the society of emerging India early in the last century.
Prescient and enthralling
Fifty-four years after its publication, Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel transcends the framework within which it was placed.
Naipaul, as he is
The World is What it is portrays Naipaul in all his complexity but never judges him, says his biographer Patrick French. Excerpts from an interview…
A climate of thought
Foreign Correspondent: Fifty Years of Reporting South Asia, edited by John Elliott, Bernard Imhasly, Simon Denyer, Penguin, p.424, Rs. 695.The editors of Foreign Correspondent: Fifty Years of Reporting South Asia ...
Chronicling the hills
Dehra Dun may have changed but the memories of an unhurried time in the hills will never fade.
All in a name
What actually gives power and resonance to a book title?
She did not die in vain
Lady Mondegreen lives on … in board games, music and every day conversation.
We have to thank Chetan Bhagat for popularising a genre of writing that most Indian book editors would dump into without skipping a beat. After chick lit and college sagas comes Tanushree Podder’s Boots Belts Berets ...
Magical world of mirrors
Rushdie’s latest novel is a rich re-imagining of history with scarcely a trace of scholarly heaviness.
The biography leaves us confronting the enormous contradiction: how could a man so gifted also be so depraved?
Narratives of the nation
These volumes explore the ways in which nations are imagined, in all their bewildering complexities and contradictions.
Triumph over death
An exploration of a poet’s inner universe.
Charting new lands
Literary discourse moves into new territory with this book.
Echoes of Wodehouse
Pleasant but seems like pale imitations.
Rare visual treat
While the text has its drawbacks, the photographs uplift the book.
Trenchant but inspiring
An expose of the relationship between Indians and British, it is vintage Qurratulain Hyder.
The randomness of life
Kandasamy’s concerns like the inequities of our times and deprivation of those at the edge of society are reflected in this story
The unlikely romantic
Hilarious and subversive, Diaz’s book is a commentary on the complexities and contradictions of transcultural conflicts.
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