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Valentine's Day 2022: Read these six Indian books on queer fiction, from The Other Man to Ritu Weds Chandni
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Valentine's Day 2022: Read these six Indian books on queer fiction, from The Other Man to Ritu Weds Chandni

These queer books will compel you to reexamine your definition of love. They will pull the rug from under your feet. They will hold up a mirror and wink at you.

S Africa's Damon Galgut, US author Richard Powers lead Booker Prize race
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S Africa's Damon Galgut, US author Richard Powers lead Booker Prize race

South African Damon Galgut’s story of racism and reckoning, The Promise, is British bookmakers’ favorite to win the $69,000 prize. Second-favorite is US writer Richard Powers’ Bewilderment

What happens to Philip Roth’s legacy now? Controversy around authorised biography raises questions for author's estate
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What happens to Philip Roth’s legacy now? Controversy around authorised biography raises questions for author's estate

Accusations of sexual misconduct and assault against Blake Bailey, the author of Roth’s single authorised biography, have intensified a parallel conversation about Roth’s treatment of women, adding fuel to the questions of whether Bailey’s account of the prolific author’s sexual and romantic relationships was overly sympathetic and oversimplified.

Shakoor Rather's debut novel is a welcome step away from the absence of the voice of the ordinary in Kashmiri discourse
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Shakoor Rather's debut novel is a welcome step away from the absence of the voice of the ordinary in Kashmiri discourse

Life in the Clock Tower Valley is the narrative of common Kashmiri citizens who are caught up in situations bigger than themselves.

In The City of Good Death, author Priyanka Champaneri weaves a layered story around a death hostel in Varanasi 
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In The City of Good Death, author Priyanka Champaneri weaves a layered story around a death hostel in Varanasi 

Champaneri's inspired work juggles the natural and the supernatural, the ghats and the grief that abound in Kashi as well as the rites and rituals surrounding death, with ease.

Second Place review: Rachel Cusk’s new novel turns up the heat at a private artist’s retreat
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Second Place review: Rachel Cusk’s new novel turns up the heat at a private artist’s retreat

Second Place is not a novel that gladdens the soul. But gladdening the soul has never been Cusk’s project.

Life in the Clock Tower Valley: In Shakoor Rather's debut novel, an insider's view of the everyday life in Kashmir
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Life in the Clock Tower Valley: In Shakoor Rather's debut novel, an insider's view of the everyday life in Kashmir

Life in the Clock Tower Valley focusses on the everyday emotions and hardships that the common folk of Kashmir face, and not just the constant conflict and military presence on its terrain. The novel includes fascinating historical and political information about Kashmir as well as environmental issues plaguing it that are seldom talked about.

When the Stars Go Dark: Bestselling author Paula McLain's latest is a thriller, and this time, it's personal
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When the Stars Go Dark: Bestselling author Paula McLain's latest is a thriller, and this time, it's personal

For Paula McLain, the author of 'The Paris Wife' and four other novels, including her new one, 'When the Stars Go Dark', stories were the bridge out of a childhood spent in foster care.

Gods and Ends author Lindsay Pereira: 'Bombay has the ability to horrify or surprise at every turn'  
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Gods and Ends author Lindsay Pereira: 'Bombay has the ability to horrify or surprise at every turn'  

In Gods and Ends, Pereira paints an honest — if despondent — look at the lives of Goan Catholics living in a chawl. Obrigado Mansion is in Orlem in Malad but, it could be any chawl in Mumbai, where residents are boxed in by paper-thin walls, their lives on display for everyone around.

Brontez Purnell's 100 Boyfriends is a taxonomy and grand unified theory of the boyfriend, in every tense
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Brontez Purnell's 100 Boyfriends is a taxonomy and grand unified theory of the boyfriend, in every tense

Purnell’s stories pinwheel, with a rotating cast of narrators and shifting points of view.

In Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun, an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures
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In Kazuo Ishiguro's Klara and the Sun, an intriguing take on how artificial intelligence might play a role in our futures

Klara is a one-of-a-kind machine whose keen observational abilities are consistently praised by the human beings who meet her.

Beyond Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan on writing, remembering and being an observer, at Jaipur Literature Festival 2021
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Beyond Crazy Rich Asians: Kevin Kwan on writing, remembering and being an observer, at Jaipur Literature Festival 2021

Kevin Kwan seems like the kind of writer you’d want to call on the phone; he’s a good conversationalist, talking about his work and life experiences and family and current events and themes like diversity and representation with great ease and charm.

Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Douglas Stuart on how he shaped the world of his Booker-winning novel Shuggie Bain
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Jaipur Literature Festival 2021: Douglas Stuart on how he shaped the world of his Booker-winning novel Shuggie Bain

Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart's conversation with writer Paul McVeigh on Day 3 of the Jaipur Literature Festival, encapsulated what this virtual edition gets right.

Curious case of Aravind Adiga as a famous literary recluse: Booker-winning author is anomaly in publishing world
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Curious case of Aravind Adiga as a famous literary recluse: Booker-winning author is anomaly in publishing world

In an inversion of the mantra that marketing is a necessary evil, the bane of an author’s existence that ultimately has its reward, Adiga refuses to do too much publicity around his books, often to the chagrin of his publishers.

Leave the World Behind: In Rumaan Alam's apocalyptic narrative, finding reflections of a personal crisis
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Leave the World Behind: In Rumaan Alam's apocalyptic narrative, finding reflections of a personal crisis

Rumaan Alam writes of a world which one is thrown into without caution, and expected to not only coexist but also find meaning in an involuntary collective experience.

AK vs AK, The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, Sushant Singh Rajput: Curious case of fact-fiction and the unreliable narrator
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AK vs AK, The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives, Sushant Singh Rajput: Curious case of fact-fiction and the unreliable narrator

Vikramaditya Motwane's Netflix mockumentary AK vs AK rounds off a year characterised by its hybrid genre. From shows like Masaba Masaba and The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives to mainstream media coverage of Sushant Singh Rajput's death case, the lines between fact and fiction were constantly blurred.

Novelist Bhaswati Ghosh on her Partition-era story: Important to remember past brutalities to avoid repeating violent histories
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Novelist Bhaswati Ghosh on her Partition-era story: Important to remember past brutalities to avoid repeating violent histories

Bhaswati Ghosh’s debut novel Victory Colony 1950 is based on the lives of refugees from East Pakistan.

Atta Galatta Book Prize 2020 longlist announced for fiction and non-fiction; Bombay Balchão, Hijab among nominees
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Atta Galatta Book Prize 2020 longlist announced for fiction and non-fiction; Bombay Balchão, Hijab among nominees

12 fiction and 10 non-fiction titles were longlisted in separate categories for the Atta Galatta prizes in English-language writing.