Patrick Modiano’s recently translated Sundays in August and Such Fine Boys are poles apart in their themes, but are shrouded in mystery and manage to successfully build a sense of place.
Apart from a few semi-official celebrations, there have been no commemorations for Qasmi in the centenary of his birth. Why such neglect for someone who when alive was regarded as the greatest Urdu writer?
T.C.A. Raghavan’s The People Next Door is written with deep personal knowledge and a genuine investment in the India-Pakistan relationship.
“The novel is impressive for its intensity and rich detail, and for exploring the tragic heart of war with such quiet eloquence.”
A short story that won a recent competition on the theme of road safety.
Sujit Saraf’s Harilal & Sons sticks to a personalised account of the protagonists’ life, but from it, we discern the larger Marwari experience.
An ancient epic poem recounts the ‘Indian war’ of Dionysus.
An extract from ‘The Islamic Connection: South Asia and the Gulf’, edited by Christophe Jaffrelot and Laurence Louër.
From Florentino Ariza of Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera to Kabir Durrani of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy – literary heroes are redeemed by one’s imagination.
In ‘Contesting Marginalisations’, Vidya Bhushan Rawat has brought together different perspectives on what constitutes Ambedkarism and what it has meant to individuals and activists working in various spheres.
The author has drawn upon recently available oral histories of the victims of partition to give a harrowing account of the times
While networking is essential, sometimes one gets so set in making connections, or in figuring out the story one must tell the world, that somehow one loses the stories that matter.
Tamil author and scholar Perumal Murugan talks about the importance of translations, the role of Sahitya Akademi and his return to writing in a conversation with The Wire’s books editor Omair Ahmad.
The Urdu author encouraged writers, by his own example, to bring in subjects that had been considered beyond the pale of literature.
‘The Year of the Hawks’, Kanwaljit Deol’s telling of 1980s Punjab, brings out the dynamics of the state and power very well.
Redi Tlhabi’s book has stepped into the political space with a clear-eyed argument about the small and everyday violations of women that make possible a culture of rape.
An excerpt from Hegel’s India: A Reinterpretation, about Hegel’s little known writings on the Bhagvad Gita.
Osama Siddique’s Snuffing Out the Moon leaves us with a disturbing thought that is pertinent to the Orwellian world we now inhabit.
Vikram Kapur’s collection 1984 in Memory and Imagination comprises both personal essays and seven haunting fictional accounts of the anti-Sikh massacres.
The idea of individual liberty has barely had a look in among the various “solutions” we have been sold as freedom.
Pullman shows how science – like religion – can suffer from institutionalisation, and how a non-democratic approach can stifle the very principles on which science was founded.
Uttaran Das Gupta’s Visceral Metropolis is relentless in its pursuit to look at a city through nostalgia, love, revulsion, progress, climate change, and through everything, hope.
In ‘Imprints of Culture: Block Printed Textiles of India’, Eiluned Edwards shares the voices of craftspeople while also analysing government and NGO programmes.
With the staggering rise of wealth inequality and the increasing concentration of ideas and access to an audience in the hands of a few, largely elite writers, it’s the voices on the margins that need to be heard.
In Legacy of Spies, the deeds of the past are weighed against the morality of the present
A Diplomatic Dispatch for an Ambitious India: How Shyam Saran Sees the World and India’s Place in It
‘How India Sees the World’ lays out the idea that diplomacy is not only an instrument of politics, but also shapes politics as we know it.
Qurratulain Hyder’s final novel revolves around how the coexistence of a temple and a mosque on the same piece of property has the potential to flare up into a full-scale conflagration.
Matsyagandha, published in 1987, is celebrated for Borgohain’s ability to depict untouchability and the vicious grip of kani or opium.
In most English literature courses of whatever period, the writers taught are white, largely English and largely male.
The Booker Prize jury has done us a favour by drawing attention to a book that tries to forge a unity among opposites in the most surprising ways.
Saunders’ experimental novel winning the prize opens up many new possibilities. Now, Indian Anglophone authors might finally think of adapting concepts from the vast philosophical traditions of the East.
‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ is a fictional account of US President Abraham Lincoln burying his young son.
It remains a mystery why Krishan Chander has not received the respect his writing clearly deserves.
Despite its flaws, Sidin Vadukut’s latest book is a fine medical thriller – a race against time as an epidemic spreads through Mumbai.
An excerpt from Upinder Singh’s Political Violence in Ancient India, looking at various theories of state violence in ancient texts.
Who gets to document African realities? Who are the gatekeepers of African publishing traditions?
Jairam Ramesh’s Indira Gandhi: A Life in Nature should be read not just to understand history, but also because the battle to conserve the environment is harder than ever.
Beneath the ostensible simplicity in Kazuo Ishiguro’s words lies buried the contours of an emotional volcano waiting to burst open. But Ishiguro never makes that apparent.
In ‘The Lovers’, Amitava Kumar seeks to engage us in an intimate relationship with the narrator – but one that we end up questioning.
“Disagreement is a necessary condition of public life; individuals and groups have no right to take law into their own hands to intimidate and physically assault social thinkers and intellectuals like Illaiah.”