Archive for the 'Eng Lit' Category

God’s Wheeze

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

Bonbibi highlights Zadie Smith’s sidelong view of Bangladesh:
People who live on solid ground, underneath safe skies, know nothing of this; they are like the English POWs in Dresden who continued to pour tea and dress for dinner, even as the alarms went off, even as the city became a towering ball of fire. Born of […]

Profile: Tahmima Anam

Friday, March 2nd, 2007

A Golden Age, a novel by Tahmima Anam, is set against the backdrop of the Bangladesh Liberation War (Mukti Judhho) of 1971.
Tahmima stayed in Bangladesh between 2000 and 2002 to collate research material for her PhD from Harvard University, upon which she drew for the novel. She comes from an illustrious family in Bangladesh; […]

The Three Conceits

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

From the newly re-commerced (”giving it away for free”) New Statesman comes Ziauddin Sardar’s polemical lambast of three celebrated British writers: Martin Amis, Salman Rushdie and Ian McEwan. Sardar gets so excercised about the domination these writers purportedly hold over the British literary landscape that he gives them a dodgy neologism (”Blitcons”) because “the vanguard […]

John Updike: Terrorist

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

John Updike has made a career out of chronicling American culture. And he has no trouble conjuring up a young man who is repelled by it.That teenager, named Ahmad, is the central character of Updike’s novel, Terrorist, which is set in the changing immigrant neighborhoods of northern New Jersey.

I’m dealing with a fervent believer and […]

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