Jul 17, 2021 08:32 AM IST
This short, powerful debut explores the world of a character facing issues of race and class in Britain today.
- Jul 10, 2021 08:56 AM IST
Several studies have shown that reading novels and short stories makes people more empathetic. Are they right in coming to such conclusions?
- Jul 03, 2021 05:26 AM IST
Recently, a group of German scholars set out to predict conflicts by analysing works of literature. Are novelists our modern-day prophets?
- Jun 19, 2021 07:48 AM IST
From “Build Back Better” to “Abki Baar Modi Sarkar”, good, bad, and compelling political slogans have become an integral part of every election campaign.
- Jun 12, 2021 07:27 AM IST
Rahul Raina’s debut novel, How to Kidnap the Rich, is a biting satire that deals with the all-pervasive Indian realities of inequality, caste, class and corruption.
- Jun 05, 2021 06:55 AM IST
Plot and character are all very well, but it’s a novelist’s unique voice on the page that can make the difference between a memorable work of fiction and an ordinary one.
- May 29, 2021 07:48 AM IST
Two new works of crime fiction set in the past continue the tradition of authors using Mumbai as a backdrop for novels of wrongdoing and suspense.
- May 07, 2021 09:51 PM IST
Over two million books are published every year, not to mention countless essays, opinion pieces, and other articles. Here’s how to stop adding to the torrent.
- May 01, 2021 06:05 AM IST
The author’s 'Whereabouts' deals with incidents in the life of a professor in Rome and is shot through with solitude, detachment, and a sense of individuals in the shadows of their pasts.
- Apr 24, 2021 07:07 AM IST
Antonia Fraser’s 'The Pleasure of Reading' is a welcome respite at a time when concentrating on a book is next to impossible.
- Apr 17, 2021 09:09 AM IST
British universities are being told not to deduct marks for spelling mistakes and only judge students on ideas and knowledge of the subject. Is the ability to spell important?
- Apr 10, 2021 12:06 PM IST
New works in English translation by Joseph Andras and Kamel Daoud offer vivid and contrasting accounts of the impact of foreign domination.
- Apr 03, 2021 07:35 AM IST
In today’s age, everyone’s a critic. It’s time to turn the tables and review not just books, but also the way people read them
- Mar 27, 2021 09:10 AM IST
How did a 50-year-old debut author’s crime novel beat Obama’s memoir on the bestseller lists and sell close to a million copies in hardback, with film rights bought by Spielberg?
- Mar 06, 2021 08:27 AM IST
Now that Uniqlo is about to launch a line of T-shirts inspired by Haruki Murakami, here’s a way for other novelists to cash in, too.
- Feb 27, 2021 09:33 AM IST
The compendium of words that Peter Mark Roget compiled over 150 years ago has many fans, and quite a few critics, too.
- Feb 20, 2021 09:31 AM IST
The word 'existential' once referred to a school of philosophy. How did it come to stand for things that threaten our way of life?
- Jan 30, 2021 08:27 AM IST
An absorbing new book shines a light on the time when the Hooghly was a global waterway attracting merchants, missionaries, statesmen, soldiers and others from all over.
- Jan 23, 2021 07:28 AM IST
Kafka once said that a book must be an ice axe for the frozen sea within us. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek look at how disclaimers could blunt that statement.
- Jan 16, 2021 07:33 AM IST
In decades to come, maybe contemporary authors will be turned into adjectives, too. Sethian could mean anything redolent of 1950s India; Rooneyesque could refer to millennial angst.
- Dec 05, 2020 07:56 AM IST
Nowadays, some use jargon to bestow a sheen of importance and specialisation upon their work. If you’re a consultant, chances are you’ve sprinkled your presentations with verbiage such as “purpose-driven storytelling”, “blue sky thinking”, and, of course, “low-hanging fruit”.
- Nov 28, 2020 12:26 PM IST
Of the several exciting titles that 2021 has in store, there are some that I resolutely plan to avoid. Here, in no particular order, are the gory details.
- Nov 21, 2020 07:48 AM IST
The point is not for readers to wait until the situation is dire, but to recognise the worth of these literary outposts and visit as often as possible.
- Nov 07, 2020 09:26 AM IST
Some novelists feel that they’ve simply run out of things to say.
- Oct 24, 2020 09:20 AM IST
Reading books about books will bring back to us what it’s like to be lost in a book. Two new books by Michiko Kakutani and Cathy Rentzenbrink are also not an exception.