Monday, September 21, 2015



If you've ever opened a book of Fyodor Dostoevsky's, you must have picked up that the man behind

Another bend in the river for Naipaul

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipa-ul's novel, 'Half a Life,' is about the journey -- geographical and emotional -- of Willie

Nurul and his notebook

Original : Muhammed Zafar IqbalEnglish translation: HaroonuzzamanOn my return to Dhaka, I became utterly dim-witted. Hardly

Childhood fantasy re-visits

In barber's revolving chair, the barber makes me seated and covers the upper part of my body by

How a novel became a classic

When Gabriel García Márquez's most famous novel was published 50 years ago,  it faced a difficult publishing climate

The inspiration behind Madeleine Thien's works

Madeleine Thien is a soft-spoken woman who needs lots of time alone and says she's no good at

Why did Henry Scobie commit suicide?

Graham Greene (1904 -1991), the British Nobel Laureate novelist wrote a number of remarkable novels of which The Heart

Liu Xiaobo's dying words for his wife

BEIJING - As Liu Xiaobo, China's most famous political prisoner, lay dying under police guard, he struggled to finish

Papa the investor

Ernest Hemingway had a rough time with his Italian publisher, Einaudi, the venerable Turin-based house that still prints

The British art market gears up for Brexit

Values in Victorian art have generally been downgraded since fashion swung to the modern. At Sotheby's Victorian sale

Tales of two heartbroken rhapsodists

American poet Sylvia Plath was born on 27th October, 1932 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sylvia Plath was an outstanding

Bob Dylan's Nobel lecture says the unsayable

If you've never gotten around to sitting down and reading Moby Dick, fear not, Bob Dylan will summarize

Frida Kahlo look-alikes attempt to break record in Dallas

With unibrows and flowers in their hair, more than 1,000 people came

Destroy my unfinished work

Edward Albee died last fall. But the renowned playwright is making one last request from the great beyond. Albee

Kafka covered by Murakami and as a graphic novel

Very few writers lend themselves to being covered in the pop music sense of the word. The idea seems

Abu Hurayra

(Continuing from previous issue )This could be the reason why Maria went to Abu Hurayrah's shop whenever she had

A winner of Man Booker prize

David Grossman's "ambitious high-wire act of a novel", A Horse Walks into a Bar, set around a standup comic's

Exhibitors threaten to close cinema halls from Sunday

Bangladesh Motion Picture Exhibition Association on Thursday threatened to shutdown all cinema halls across the country

Creative works with surrealistic shadows

Surrealism first emerged as a form of art during the initial years of 20th century. Surrealistic art and literature

Abu Hurayra

"No matter what… one should never make fun of the prophet" - Barochacha, big uncle said loudly.  Big uncle

Getty Museum returns ancient statue to Italy

The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles is returning an ancient marble statue to

Stranger than fiction

The drive up highway 44 from the north-east Indian city of Guwahati to Shillong, up in the hills, has

A mother, an old home, a fan

A very posh Toyota car is running smoothly on the smooth street. A comfortable air is felt inside as

Caged existence of the modern man

Edward Albee's The Zoo Story is a play that is short in length but long in meaning. The Zoo

Value of 'Khona's Parables' in Bengali folklore

Khona is a widely familiar name throughout the Indian subcontinent, particularly in the arena of folk literature. History says

Man Booker International Prize 2017 - the shortlist in pictures

The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen, translated by Don Bartlett and Don Shaw (Maclehose) Norway.'Jacobsen's narrator is a determined woodsman who

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