Is the Booker buzz now about anticipation rather than just literary suspense?

by Rashmee

Posted on July 27, 2019


Three of the 13 books on the longlist for this year’s Booker prize are not yet published. Two of them are by literary big-hitters. ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Quichotte’ by Salman Rushdie. Rushdie’s novel isn’t published until August 29 and Atwood’s won’t be in my hands (my Kindle really) until September 10. The … Continue reading “Is the Booker buzz now about anticipation rather than just literary suspense?”

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In 21st cent, politics, protest and story-telling as usual is no longer possible

by Rashmee

Posted on May 17, 2016


Politics as usual is no longer possible in the 21st century, The Economist recently wrote, referring to the technological virtual megaphone that people can now use to prevent being tuned out. Think Donald Trump. Ted Cruz. Bernie Sanders. Revolution as usual too is no longer possible in the 21st century. It needs online crusaders, internet … Continue reading “In 21st cent, politics, protest and story-telling as usual is no longer possible”

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Rushdie’s familiar new Scheherazade moment: the story vs its subduer

by Rashmee

Posted on September 29, 2015


Does Sir Salman wish he were half-jinn? Is Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights the autobiography he might have wanted? Here’s how one American reviewer described it: The prolific union (of a real-life philosopher of 12th-century Arab Spain, Ibn Rushd and Dunia, a princess of the jinn) ”produces a line of half-human, half-jinn offspring — the … Continue reading “Rushdie’s familiar new Scheherazade moment: the story vs its subduer”

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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