Reviews

Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / Sports journalism and Bangladesh

Textbooks in Bangladesh tend to be written by foreign authors. Those that are written by Bangladeshi authors, emphasise on examples in a non-Bangladesh context.

11m ago

'Independence': A painfully poignant Partition story

Divakaruni has a message to send with this novel. To her, independence entails not just liberation or freedom from subjugation, it also means doing the right thing for oneself and for the people around us.

1y ago

Professing criticism: On Naeem Mohaiemen's new book of essays

Although the book is written in English, he has plenty of doubt to dispense about the language, its usefulness, acceptance, and communicability when it comes to writing and creating art in Bangladesh.

1y ago

Flesh in ruins

It is the disease that maintains the upper hand in the plot. A jarring voice of its own, the toxins spilling across the pages in bold, chaotic words.

1y ago

BOOK REVIEW: FICTION / Family of feelings: Iffat Nawaz's 'Shurjo's Clan'

Part memoir, part magical realism, this is a story about identity and the idea of home.

1y ago

BOOK REVIEW: FICTION / The Bhawal story through women’s voices in Aruna Chakravarti’s ‘The Mendicant Prince’

The story of the ailing Bhawal prince, Ramendranarayan Roy, the Mejo Kumar, who while taken to Darjeeling to recuperate, died and was cremated there, under mysterious circumstances, and who then returned years later as a wandering ascetic with partial amnesia!

1y ago

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / Andy Warhol & Truman Capote talk out their anxieties

Andy Warhol suggested they tape their conversations on his Sony Walkman, to which Truman Capote agrees.

1y ago

BOOK REVIEW: NONFICTION / Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: A relative’s perspective on an enigmatic hero

Nehru was revolted by Nazism and the persecution of Europe’s Jews. Bose…felt that the Indian struggle for freedom should override all other considerations.

1y ago

In the aftermath of the Palestinian catastrophe—'Minor Detail' by Adania Shibli (trans. Elisabeth Jaquette)

This book is an essential read to understand the extent of the erasure of Palestinian history after the Nakba and life under tyranny in its cities.

1y ago

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’—One series to fail them all?

What point is Lord of the Rings making in 2022? That people are racist and wage wars? The original trilogy, from two decades ago, was making that same point.

1y ago

The dangerous game of Marlon James—Can genre fiction be great literature?

James seems to be saying to the establishment, to the same generous folks who once gave him the Booker and propelled him to the stratosphere: Go ahead and say this is not literature, I dare you. 

1y ago

Ottessa Moshfegh’s ‘Lapvona’: A fairy tale for realists

Lapvona has paupers becoming princes, severe environmental disruptions adding to the owe of the common folk, and the old lady acting as a witch and healer, who serves in the role of a fairy godmother, albeit with a modern touch.

1y ago

Habibur Rahman's 'Thar': Unpacking the language of the Bede community

Rahman defines the Thar language and its characteristics, origins, and variations and the ethnic identity of the Bede people.

1y ago

Geetanjali Shree's 'Tomb of Sand': A woman and her many borders

There is a plot embedded here, but this novel is so much more: a long, winding journey, centred on a family, with acute eyes on love and distances within a family, but also through language, Partition and imposed borders, and so much more.

1y ago

At the Blums’—A review of 'The Netanyahus' by Joshua Cohen

Cohen’s book confidently deals with the comedy of the Jewish family.

1y ago

Ali Riaz’s ‘More than Meets the Eye’ and a writer’s responsibility

Writers and intellectuals are obligated to stir moral indignation at gross injustices and the plight of the masses.

1y ago

Tash Aw's 'We, the Survivors' explores the human cost of progress

More than 4,000 wealthy Bangladeshis have invested in Malaysia’s expensive 10-year-residency visa programme. We, the Survivors deserves to be widely read in Bangladesh.

1y ago

The retrospection of Christopher Isherwood: A man exploring the heart of falling Berlin

Perhaps his most significant occupation was one as a diarist who took it upon himself to document his life as he moved through some of the most interesting scenes of human history.

1y ago
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