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Oppositions by Mary Gaitskill review – wide-ranging, unsparing essays
From Nabokov to Talking Heads, these insightful and revealing pieces stubbornly reject groupthink

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

02, Jan, 2022 @9:00 AM

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These Precious Days by Ann Patchett review – a reckoning with loss
The American author’s memories of her parents and her early years as a writer are recalled in a collection of warm and affectionate eulogies

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

18, Nov, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Strangers on a Pier by Tash Aw review – memories of a Malaysian outsider
Aw’s memoir subtly laments the gulf between him and his parents, the present and the past

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

23, Aug, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Borges and Me: An Encounter by Jay Parini review – a bumpy literary road trip
Parini’s ‘novelised memoir’ draws on memories of a real-life meeting with Jorge Luis Borges, but can’t quite live up to the inspiration of the Argentine titan

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

27, Jul, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Home in the World by Amartya Sen review – the making of a Nobel laureate
From Bengal to Cambridge and beyond … precious insights into the early life and times of the economist and philosopher

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

02, Jul, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Languages of Truth by Salman Rushdie review – profound insights and platitudes
From childhood memories to riffs on Philip Roth … there’s some superlative nonfiction in this eclectic collection of essays, written over the last two decades

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

29, May, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Karachi Vice by Samira Shackle review – life in the shadow of violence
The stories of five residents illuminate different aspects of the Pakistani city where terrorism and ethnic conflict have been rife

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

12, Mar, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Bland Fanatics by Pankaj Mishra review – 'Anglo-American delusions'
Versus Niall Ferguson and Jordan Peterson ... a set of essays from a writer who excels at calling out intellectual vapidities but now needs to ask new questions

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

17, Dec, 2020 @7:30 AM

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Eat the Buddha by Barbara Demick review – the Tibetans who set themselves on fire
An esteemed journalist gets access to Ngaba, ‘the world capital of self-immolations’, and brilliantly tells the story of Tibetan resistance to China

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

17, Sep, 2020 @8:00 AM

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What Is the Grass by Mark Doty review – Walt Whitman and me
From visions of a shadowy spirit to memories of love and loss … a contemporary US poet pays tribute to the persistent presence of Whitman

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

03, Jun, 2020 @11:00 AM

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I've never seen … Gandhi
Richard Attenborough’s epic, starring Ben Kingsley as a speechifying version of the Indian independence hero, takes some breathtaking liberties with history

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

01, Jun, 2020 @11:31 AM

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The Hidden History of Burma by Thant Myint-U review – dashed hopes
Nearly a decade ago, Myanmar threw off its military dictatorship. But what has happened since is troubling

Abhrajyoti Chakraborty

15, Jan, 2020 @2:00 PM

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