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I recently read about some cult literary traditions for literature fans. And I wish to share those with you today. But before I begin with the traditions and their essence, let me give you an idea of what literary tradition is. As I tumbled upon recently, literary tradition is a collection of works that have an underlying interconnectedness and coherence. It is not simply a group of works sharing geography or group. Writers may not belong to a particular place or er...
Post by: Sanjana Kapoor
  Before Ernest Hemingway gained fame as a writer of lucid, precise prose with the 1929 A Farewell to Arms, he wrote another gem centered on expatriate Americans, with Spain and the bull fighting at Pamplona as the vivid background. Thus, Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises was the novel that first established Hemingway’s reputation as a writer. Our reason to fuss over it: Bullfighting is still held every July at Pamplona during the San Fermin festival. Despite prot...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
      They made me invisible, shrouded and non-being A shadow, no existence, made silent and unseeing Denied of freedom, confined to my cage Tell me how to handle my anger and my rage? -- Zieba Shorish-Shamley – ‘Look into my World’ published on the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights     The Red Wrath by Hatef Mokhtar is a love story set in the macabre throe...
Post by: Kabita Sonowal
        Hello folks! Hope all of you’ve been enjoying yourselves. As always, do keep me posted on your reads and recommendations too. Here are the questions and answers for this week.   Please suggest some women-centric reads (short stories will do) by Indian writers. Thank you. - Uma Bora, Gurgaon Thank you for writing, Uma. Please refer to Best Indian Short Stories: Volume I compiled by Khushwant Singh. Read the stories: Desc...
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Hello, bookworms! Welcome to the brand new edition of Ask Kabita. Even as summer promises to recede and monsoon looks all set to take over, here are the answers to your queries.   Which books are the best introductions to existentialist literature to begin? Thanks. - Renuka, Pune. Thank you for writing. You can begin with Albert Camus’ The Stranger, The Fall and The Plague. Or you could try Nausea by Jean- Paul Sartre.   Please recommend some boo...
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Before Hemingway gained fame from the 1929 A Farewell to Arms, there was yet another novel that announced his arrival in the literary scene. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises was a 1926 novel of understated passions, a lost generation and of Paris and Spain.   The Festival of San Fermin in Pamplona forms the background of this beautifully written novel, even as bullfighting is given a stern, macho face by the writer.The brutality if the voilence is barely mentioned, wh...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla


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