The stage is set for the annual show for booklovers. The Jaipur Literature Festival, to be held between […]
OppenheimerFunds and the Financial Times announced the longlists for the 2016 FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards on Thursday. Artists from […]
WHO SPEAKS, and who is being spoken for, have always been loaded questions for postcolonial novelists. If a nation is, at least in part, imagined into being through feats of storytelling, the storyteller acquires a kind of authority over the soul, such as it is, of the nation. For a certain kind of postcolonial novelist—say, VS Naipaul—the novel must remain an unfinished business: the protagonist cannot develop beyond a certain point; he is stunted and half-formed, like his nation. For another kind of postcolonial novelist—say Hanif Kureishi—it is the former imperial centre that seems half-formed; no longer cocksure, forced to cede ground to the immigrant, or at least to the immigrant’s children, to reconcile itself to a new order. For Naipaul’s failed nationalists and doomed Third World intellectuals, emigration and self-exile is necessary penance; for Kureishi’s first generation Londoners, the baggage of their parents’ histories, the baggage of the ‘home’ country has to be sloughed off so that a new kind of English person can be created.
The third edition of the recently concluded Hay Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh (founded by Peter Florence and Tahmima Anam in […]
Tahmima Anam on ex-General Mohammad Ershad in the NYT Call Bangladesh the land of the resurrected. Here, a […]
Granta has announced its 2013 list of 20 most promising young British novelists under 40. It is not surprising to […]
Amitav Ghosh and Jeet Thayil are among the 16 writers on the longlist for the $50,000 DSC Prize […]