Memory Is a Dark Hole

Shylashri Shankar

A haunting mystery set in East Europe and an anodyne addition to Scandinavian noir

‘Writers these days write to be seen, not read’

For years, Anees Salim nursed his introversion and dealt with rejection by starting new novels. This year, four of them found publishers

The Perils of ChickLit

Psychological hazards may lurk between the covers of such books

The Guilty Pleasures of Rereading

Come on now, it’s never about the new meanings you grasp each time revisit a book. It’s the comfort of the same old story and the same old characters and the same old ending, every single time

Heat and Dust (and the AC) in South Asian Novels

Authors with sweat-lined brows have invariably used air-conditioning as a literary device to get under their characters’ skin.

Loud Silence

Don DeLillo is perhaps at the height of his powers, using less and less to say more and more about life in contemporary America.


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