No, decolonising your bookshelf doesn’t mean getting rid of Jane Austen

by Rashmee

Posted on May 2, 2022 / openDemocracy


The headline in The Daily Telegraph was stark: “Jane Austen dropped from university’s English course …

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Marina Lewycka on the ambiguities of being Ukrainian

by Rashmee

Posted on March 19, 2022


On her website, British Ukrainian novelist Marina Lewycka offers some observations on eastern Ukraine, …

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A novel on tractors in Ukrainian is about anything but

by Rashmee

Posted on March 18, 2022


Marina Lewycka’s 2005 debut novel, ‘A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian’, was generally well-received …

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Javier Cercas on Spain’s battles with memory

by Rashmee

Posted on February 2, 2022


We started this examination of memory and forgetting with Pedro Almodovar’s film on the Spanish …

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Memory and forgetting: Coming to terms with a country’s past

by Rashmee

Posted on February 1, 2022


Any discussion about coming to terms with a country’s past must contend with several things: …

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Almodovar’s new film and the burdens of remembering the Spanish civil war

by Rashmee

Posted on January 31, 2022


This is not the year of a big birthday in case of the Spanish civil …

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A baby is sold in Herat. A man sold his family in Thomas Hardy’s fictional Wessex

by Rashmee

Posted on October 26, 2021


Listening to the BBC’s Yogita Limaye report from Herat in western Afghanistan on the harrowing …

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Did Gurnah win the literature Nobel for his prose or politics?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2021


Researching a piece on the newly minted Nobel literature laureate, I came across a suggestion…

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Abdulrazak Gurnah makes little concession to literary fads

by Rashmee

Posted on October 16, 2021


When Abdulrazak Gurnah was announced as the winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, I …

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What’s wrong with Paul Bowles? What’s wrong with us?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 27, 2021


In conversation the other day with a writer who also teaches the art and craft …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK