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It was Day 1 at the Jaipur Literature Festival 2012. The chill and heaviness in the air could not be ignored but failed in dampening the mood of the attendees at Diggi Palace, Jaipur. With discussions by such lovely authors, and book readings simultaneously happening at five different venues, book lovers like me were enthusiastic, immersed in soaking themselves in the sea of words and the beautiful worlds they created. I was attending Exile on Main Street: Chang...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
It has been quite a journey for Nicola Barker. The 46 year-old writer has been nominated in the Man Booker 2012 longlist for her 9th novel The Yips. Having already established her reputation as a cult novelist, Barker has been previously nominated for the Man Booker. The complex 2007 novel Darkmans was the book in the spotlight then. One look at the story, and we know why 'The Yips' can't  just be ignored.   The reference in the title 'The Yips' is to a dis...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
  A journalist, former drug-addict, TV regular and primarily an author, the 1961-born British writer Will Self has nine novels, three novellas and five collections of non-fiction and short stories to his credit. Self's writing style borders on the cynical, he has his satire; can be exaggerated and distorted at times. Self is back in the limelight with his 2012 novel Umbrella, long listed for the 2012 Booker.   The story goes like this. Somewhere at a menta...
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  “Be sure to enjoy language, experiment with ways of talking, be exuberant when you don’t feel like it – language can make your world a better place to live.” - Deborah Levy Deborah Levy has experimented with fiction, plays and poetry. Her plays have been staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company, and her novels - Beautiful Mutants, Swallowing Geography and Billy and Girl and Swimming Home have received astounding response. She has also...
Post by: Deepti Khanna
Sam Thompson’s fiction Communion Town that has been long listed for the prestigious Man Booker Prize 2012 is an interesting story. It is the story of a place that never looks the same way twice!   Thompson’s book is about a place that becomes as imagined anew by each citizen who walks through the streets. The story has a surreal quality with the city’s “voices half-heard, signs half-glimpsed and desires half acknowledged”. Thomp...
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  "I could not be more surprised, " said Hillary Mantel of winning the Man Booker Prize for an unprecedented second time in four years. Mantel won the award for Bring up the Bodies, the sequel to her 2009 Man Booker winning novel Wolf Hall. Mantel is the first author to win the award twice in such a brief interlude. Peter Carey and J.M. Coetzee are the other authors who have won the award twice.   The award winning book is the second in a propose...
Post by: Snehith Kumbla
Set during World War II, The English Patient is one of the six novels that Michael Ondaatje has published in his 36-year writing career, until the time of writing. The book won him the 1992 Booker Prize (Now called the Man Booker Prize for Fiction). A novelist of Sri Lankan-Canadian origins, The English Patient displays the writer at the height of his powers. The non-linear narrative showcases the lives of the main protagonists in great detail. The multi-layered textur...
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  Few writers write with such an easy assurance as Anita Desai. Her prose exudes eloquence and charm, both rare qualities. Desai won the 1978 Sahitya Akademi Award for her novel Fire in the Mountain and the British Guardian Prize for The Village by the Sea. She has received three Booker Prize nominations so far, but it yet to win one. Ironically, her daughter Kiran Desai’s 2006 Man Booker Prize winning novel – The Inheritance of Loss had characters an...
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