Aunt Julia & The Scriptwriter

Llosa has written on a variety of themes. In the books of his that I have read, he has created history in War of the end of the World, attempted a commentary on mindless violence of Latin America in Death in the Andes, sympathized with cultures vanishing into civilization in The Story-teller. And now, I … Continue reading Aunt Julia & The Scriptwriter

The Last Samurai

I finished reading the book in week2; it is hard to slow down your pace when the book is cruising along splendidly.As I had said, the book is pretentious in places, but enjoyable mostly. Once Ludo, the genius son takes over the narration, the broken sentences disappear, and the cyclic, repeating nature of the book … Continue reading The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai @ Conversational Reading

At Conversational Reading, a rather interesting blog on World Literature, a second book read is happening. Their last book read was Javier Marias' famous trilogy'Your Face Tomorrow' - and it was this book read that prompted me to pick up the book myself. The current read is an interesting book by an American Author Helen … Continue reading The Last Samurai @ Conversational Reading

Between the devil and the deep Blue Sea

Sebald's On Natural History of Destruction is a collection of essays on German literature and its handling of World War II incidents. The four essays in this book are:Air War and Literature, based on lectures given in Zürich in 1997Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: On Alfred AnderschAgainst the Irreversible: On Jean AméryThe … Continue reading Between the devil and the deep Blue Sea

Reading Bernhard – Gargoyles

It is true that perhaps I would have paid little attention to Thomas Bernhard and his writing if Sebald had not been compared to him. By Sebald's own admission, Bernhard's influence on his writing is tremendous - an admission which makes it hard to ignore Bernhard.It was surprisingly hard, then, to find Bernhard's books. Even … Continue reading Reading Bernhard – Gargoyles

The Passport

The Passport by Herta MüllerMy rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Passport by Herta Muller is a haunting tale of a village, where each life is repressed by totalitarian state. The narration is almost dream-like, ghost-like - in a Pedro Paramo way, but much more brutal and carnal. The entire village hangs on the dream to … Continue reading The Passport