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Editor's Reviews

Too Loud A Solitude


I love traveling and spend a lot of time on the road. In every trip, no matter how short and in every city, no matter how beautiful - I visit the bookshops. Prague was no exception. People fondly recall many things after they return from a trip to Prague –...

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The Plague


I just read Albert Camus’ "The Plague" - Camus being Camus, I was ready for a slow read , but after part I (the book is divided into five parts), I could hardly put the book down. Consequently, I am done - in the literal sense of the word. But...

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The Outsider

The first sentence of "The Outsider"/"The Stranger" (from the French L’Étranger) is one of the most catching and enigmatic of the first sentences I have read, but what caught me more was the last part of the last sentence of the book.

(...) my last wish was that there sould...

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Review Picks


Short story collections of 2009 by


Lowboy by John Wray


Remainder by Tom Mccarthy


The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov


Down the Nile by Rosemary Mahoney


The Last Mughal by William Dalrymple


After This by Alice McDermott


The Happiest Man in the World: An Account of the Life of Poppa Neutrino by Alec Wilkinson


Haruki Murakami on "The System"

In a powerful speech given while accepting the Jerusalem Prize, Haruki Murakami explain his reasons for accepting the award inspite of protests and threats of boycott.

Finally, however, after careful consideration, I made up my mind to come here. One reason for my decision was that all too many people advised...
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Ten memorable memoirs

Laura Lippman has selected ten memoirs that celebrate the ordinary life

As a former reporter, I have a pesky allegiance to fact, although I recognize that the fragile nature of memory makes it difficult for most writers to produce uncontestable versions of their lives. I am drawn to stories...

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Haruki Murakami and music

The New York Times has a nice article in which Haruki Murakami discusses his childhood and explains his musical inspiration for his writing

I never had any intention of becoming a novelist — at least not until I turned 29. This is absolutely true.

Practically everything I know...

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Profile - Chinua Achebe

Beirut by the Book

Lit Round-up

Man Booker Judges’ List and more

14 authors from 12 countries have made it on to Judges’ List of the Man Booker Prize 2009, with seven of the authors being writers in translation. You can find...

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Exclusive extracts, reading lists etc.

The New York Review of Books carried an excerpt from J.M. Coetzee's new novel, Diary of a Bad Year, to be published in January 2008 while The Independent...

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Rushdie knighted, latest issues and more

Booker of Bookers author and staunch secularist Salman Rushdie was knighted by the Queen of England.

Stephen Hawking is said to be writing a children's book, while...

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Orange Prize, weirdness and more

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wins 2007 Orange Prize for her book "Half of a Yellow Sun" while Karen Connelly gets the New Writer award for The Lizard Cage.


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A bit, but oh well

Tom Wayne of Prospero's Books started a storm by creating a bonfire of second hand books because he didn't have place to store them and other thrift shops and...

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