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Literature from the realms of magic realism is always a delight to read. Magic realism refers to the magic elements that are included by authors in their writings while depicting humdrum settings.  This term was first used by German art critic Franz Roh in 1955 to define a type of painting style called new objectivity.  Its usage followed in literature. Moreover, it is very distinct from surrealism as it describes real-world settings. However, what draws it c...
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    "A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction."  - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own Clichéd but true, Virginia Woolf was way ahead of her times. Synonymous with her writings like A Room of One's Own, Mrs Dalloway, Orlando, To the Lighthouse, Between the Acts, The Years, Night and Day, The Waves, The Years, Kew Gardens, Monday or Tuesday, and Haunted House and Other Stories, she is supposedly the most ...
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  On Award Thursdays this week, BookChums features French writer, political activist, existentialist philosopher and social theorist, Simone-Lucie-Ernestine-Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir, popularly known as Simone de Beauvoir.  She is famous for her literary works including She came to Stay, The Mandarins, The Blood of Others and The Second Sex. Her other works include Who Shall Die?, Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter, A Very Easy Death, Letters to Sartre, Must we Bu...
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  The widely acclaimed and popular movie titled The Grand Budapest Hotel written and directed by Wes Anderson is a unique and beautiful portrayal of Europe before the onset of the Second World War and the rise of the Nazi. He has mentioned that the inspiration behind this movie is Stefan Zweig's book titled Beware of Pity. Stefan Zweig was one of the most translated writers in the twentieth century. Born in 1881, in Vienna, Austria to an affluent Jewish family, ...
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  It is yet another week and it gives me great pleasure to interact once again. Here are the questions and answers for this week. Q 1: Please tell me of some really good autobiographies that I can read. Thank you. Ashima Dutta, Pune Answer: Thank you for writing, Ashima. You can try  The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, I Know why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, and Moab is my Washpot by Stephen Fry. Enjoy! Q 2: Please suggest some books on comi...
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  Several women from all parts of the globe have contributed to some very scintillating literature. The list is tall and endless. This week on BookChums, we feature Women's Literature as the theme of the week. We will feature some of the best works of literature by women from all ages. Here are some of the authors and their versatile works:  - The Shadow of the Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto was published in September 2013. Set in a backdrop of Waziristan, ...
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  On Award Thursdays this week, BookChums features British historian, Steven Runciman. He was known for his works on the Middle Ages. His most famous works include A History of the Crusades, The First Bulgarian Empire, Byzantine Civilization, The Medieval Manichee: A Study of the Christian Dualist Heresy; The Eastern Schism: A Study of the Papacy and the Eastern Churches during the XIth and XIIth Centuries; The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean Wor...
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"Literacy has become the great focus of my life — it’s my passion, my battle and my mission and my exhaustion."  - Mem Fox BookChums wishes Australian writer and educationalist, Mem Fox a very Happy Birthday. She is famous for her books for children including Possum Magic, A Cat called Kite, With Love at Christmas, Zoo-Looking, Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Hattie and the Fox, Just Like That, Sail Away: The Ballad of Skip and Nell, The...
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Hope you guys have been enjoying the weather and having a great time. Here are the questions and answers of this week: Q 1: Please suggest some nice books on quotes, thoughts and philosophy. Thank you. Neetu Chaudhuri, Pune Answer: Thank you for writing, Neetu. You can try The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time by John Shanahan (editor); I can't Keep My Own Secrets: Six-word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure by Rachel Fershleiser (editor); and Book of Put Dow...
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"All history is contemporary history." - Benedetto Croce, Italian Philosopher and Politician The world today and all the events that we are are a witness to right now are history in the making: civil strife, occupation, political hegemony and chaos. In Greek, historia or history refers to an inquiry or information learned after an investigation. It is a study of the past, especially in terms of human history. It is also a very popular and interesting academ...
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