In conversation with Karan Mahajan on writing contemporary novels, memory, political correctness and a post-Trump US.
In conversation with the English novelist about the allure of realism, the traps and surprises of writing fiction, and his sense of Englishness.
“When I think about it – in a weird way, I’ve stopped pandering to myself.”
The Man Booker Prize winner is not an unwilling interviewee. Rather, he doesn’t want to subscribe to labels the meanings of which he is unsure of.
Two RSS ideologues, who have no works of literature to their name, are set to take the stage at the Jaipur Literature Festival. But why is no one speaking up against it?
Sponsors like Vedanta give money to festivals in order to buy the power of controlling the narrative, not out of the goodness of their hearts.
“They must be happy having won the elections but what is it with the gestures they were making to me? I recognise them, they are friends of Majhi’s, our very own TMC leader.”
Hopefully, in future, the critics will be more constructive and open to debate than the crowd that failed to shut down JLF SouthBank last weekend.
Over a hundred Individuals have condemned Vedanta’s sponsorship of JLF, London, expressing “solidarity with the communities suffering pollution, oppression and displacement” as a result of its operations.