Book Reviews

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(A review by SIdharth Vardhan of the short story ‘Aleph'(1949) by Jorge Luis Borges ) “All language is a set of symbols whose use among its speakers assumes a shared past.” …. and so there must be things beyond describing powers of language. What if some day you were to come across a thing or…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of Frankenstein in Baghdad (2012) by Ahmed Saadawi shortlisted for International Man Booker 2018 For English translation by Jonathan Wright ) Shouldn’t it rather be called Frankenstein’s Monster? The book sure picks up the atmosphere of Iraq suffering from aftereffects of war and terrorism. The very idea of making a complete…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of Die My Love (2012) by Ariana Harwicz Translated to English by Sarah Moses longlisted for International Booker 2018 ) “I’m fed up with the fact that it’s not okay to bad-mouth your own baby or walk around firing a gun.” I know, right? As somebody of other said human beings…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of Flights (2007) by Olga Tokarczuk Original Title  – Bieguni (polish) Winner of International Booker 2018 for Enligh translation by Jennifer Croft ) “Age all in your mind. Gender grammatical. I actually buy my books in paperback, so that I can leave them without remorse on the platform, for someone else…

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(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of ‘House of Mirth’ by Edith Wharton First Published in 1905) “Her whole being dilated in an atmosphere of luxury. It was the background she required, the only climate she could breathe in.” Veblen in his ‘Theory of Leisure Class’ (written six years before this book) argues that one of…

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(Death Sentence – A novel (1948) by Maurice Blanchot A review by Sidharth Vardhan ) The first half is narrator talking about his dying wife, J. – who strangely looked more and more like a child closer she got to death and even came back to life after her first death once. J.’s reactions to…

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