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Mrinal Bose
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I eat literary novels and live by it.
I eat literary novels and live by it.

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Reading: Gavity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
Thomas Pynchon's Gavity's Rainbow has 902 pages, and is a difficult novel to read. I've always wanted to read it. But only recently I had time to read it through. I started in on it on 13/10/17 and finished it on 15/2/18. It's four months two days. Every ev...
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Reading: SUBMISSION by Michel Houellebeque
Submission is about an academic-intellectual's conversion to Islam, It's also about the end of a brilliant intellectual life devoted to research the life and works of J.K.Huysman, the well-known French novelist. The setting is the new imaginary France under...
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Man Booker Prize 2017
So the Man Booker Prize goes to another American writer this year: George Saunders. Last year it was Paul Beatty. Tow Americans in a row. No doubt the Man Booker is now US-cenrtic. And there will be  less and less chance for any non-American writer to get i...
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Ali Smith on Novel
I’ve come to believe that all the arts are about time, but that the novel in particular is about the and-so-on of things, continuance and continuity, the continuum. It’s a form, too, very interested in the workings of society, so it tells us about how we’re...
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Nobel Prize in Literature 2017
Nobel Prize in Literature 2017
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On the popularity of "The Vegetarian."
Just finished "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang. It's a Booker-winner and has got rave reviews in the West. It's about a schizophrenic woman (Yeong-hye) who stops eating meat and begins to think that she is a tree. Her life is of course pitiable and sad, and Han...
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Arundhati Roy's The ministry of Utmost Happiness: Five reactions
First reaction Reaction 2 Reaction 3 Reaction 4 Final reaction
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Arundhati Roy's The ministry of Utmost Happiness: Five reactions
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Where are you heading to, Soumitrababu?
If you still read a Bengali daily, you may have already a variation of this image on the first page: Soumitra Chaterjee, the veteran thespian taking Bangabibhusan (a silly award introduced by the Mamata Government) from the chief minister. Given the circums...
Where are you heading to, Soumitrababu?
Where are you heading to, Soumitrababu?
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