Category Archives: Other books

Mo Yan wins the Nobel Prize

I’ve had hundreds and hundreds of page views in the last week, mostly looking at my two pages mentioning Mo Yan: A review of Garlic Ballads With reference to the London Book Fair Some reading by better-informed commentators can be … Continue reading

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Dublinesca, by Enrique Vila-Matas This book was recently published in English as Dublinesque. I didn’t think much of this book, and the only reason I’m going to write about it a little is that certain comments about the role of … Continue reading

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My Revolutions

Hari Kunzru’s My Revolutions has as its narrator an ex-militant radical leftist who was once involved in the Angry Brigade bombing campaign (which targeted banks, embassies and the houses of Tory MPs). It is set, however, in 1998, a generously … Continue reading

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Ma Jian speaks at the London Book Fair

“I am happy that the British Council is co-operating, is setting up some kind of a dialogue with China, this is a start. But what makes me disappointed is that within this dialogue you will not hear any mention of … Continue reading

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More Babel

From V: The trek hadn’t been under way more than an hour before one of the blacks began to complain about his feet. They were bleeding, he said. His overseer brought Firefly close in and looked: so they were. Hardly … Continue reading

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Currently reading

Amitav Ghosh – The Glass Palace. Nineteenth and twentieth century reimagining of Burmese and Indian history, with long descriptions of the harvest and trade of teak, oil, rubber, and so on, which are both beautifully written and pretty terrifying. Juan … Continue reading

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Words change

A review of Yu Hua’s China in Ten Words

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