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Turtle Moon by Alice Hoffman
Turtle Moon
by Alice Hoffman
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Funny how much I liked this book when I first read it 15 years ago. A second reading proves to be rather less rewarding. Alice Hoffman is a good writer, but she pitches her stall somewhere between literary fiction and pulpy romance, and the result is...more
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The Armies by Evelio Rosero Diago
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Men Without Women by Ernest Hemingway
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It is difficult today, at a remove of nine decades, to imagine the impact these stories must have made when they were first published. What is most astonishing is the freshness of Hemingway's language, its 'modernity'; for all you know, these stories...more
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A Kid for Two Farthings by Wolf Mankowitz
A Kid for Two Farthings
by Wolf Mankowitz
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A charming little story of life in the Jewish East End, and an excellent companion piece to Litvinoff's Journey Through A Small Planet. That these familiar places - Brick Lane and Whitechapel and Stepney and Mile End - have changed out of all recogni...more
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পিতৃশ্রাদ্ধ করতে প্রতাপ শেষবার গিয়েছিলেন মালখানগরে। প্রতাপ শক্ত চরিত্রের মানুষ, সবাই তাকে তেজস্বী পুরুষ হিসেবে মানে, কিন্তু সেবার তিনি খুব কান্নাকাটি করেছিলেন। বাবার মৃত্যুর সঙ্গে সঙ্গে পূর্বপুরুষদের সঙ্গে সব যোগাযোগ ছিন্ন হয়ে গেল, মাটি থেকে উপড়ে তোলা হলো এক বর্ধিষ্ণু বৃক্ষের শিকড়। পূর্ববাংলার এই নদীময় প্রান্তর, এই মিষ্টি বাতাস, খেজুর রসের স্বাদের মতন ভোর, ঠাকুমার গল্পের আমেজমাখা সন্ধ্যা, এসব আর দেখা হবে না। এরপর থেকে কলকাতায় ভাড়াটে বাড়ির অন্ধকার ঘুপচি ঘরে চির নির্বাসন।Sunil Gangopadhyay
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That was the end of my adventure in Central America. By the lakeshore in Granada, Nicaragua, I decided to turn for home. I wondered what Cortes would have said if, when he set out in the wake of Columbus, he had foreseen the beach outside Granada. He knew in his bones of the glory to come, would he have known about its eclipse? A Church without the True Cross, unable to protect its buildings from earthquake or idolatry; the gold and silver mines exhausted; the children of the Conquest reduced to beggary, placing their trust in the redundant theories of a Victorian economist; the empire overwhelmed by its own pagan and monstrous child. What a fool time has made of Cortes and his pretensions. He should have turned back to Cuba, to his dice and his saints and his women, and left the Indians with the Gods they honour, against all the odds, to this day.Patrick Marnham
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Night Train by Martin Amis
Night Train
by Martin Amis
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Night Train is Amis fils’ strange diversion into the wastes of hard-boiled/noir fiction. Anytown USA in the mid-90s, and Detective Mike Hoolihan (gritty, ex-alky, female) is put to work to solve the apparent suicide of the brainy, beautiful Jennifer...more
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Sunil Gangopadhyay
“পিতৃশ্রাদ্ধ করতে প্রতাপ শেষবার গিয়েছিলেন মালখানগরে। প্রতাপ শক্ত চরিত্রের মানুষ, সবাই তাকে তেজস্বী পুরুষ হিসেবে মানে, কিন্তু সেবার তিনি খুব কান্নাকাটি করেছিলেন। বাবার মৃত্যুর সঙ্গে সঙ্গে পূর্বপুরুষদের সঙ্গে সব যোগাযোগ ছিন্ন হয়ে গেল, মাটি থেকে উপড়ে তোলা হলো এক বর্ধিষ্ণু বৃক্ষের শিকড়। পূর্ববাংলার এই নদীময় প্রান্তর, এই মিষ্টি বাতাস, খেজুর রসের স্বাদের মতন ভোর, ঠাকুমার গল্পের আমেজমাখা সন্ধ্যা, এসব আর দেখা হবে না। এরপর থেকে কলকাতায় ভাড়াটে বাড়ির অন্ধকার ঘুপচি ঘরে চির নির্বাসন।”
Sunil Gangopadhyay, পূর্ব-পশ্চিম

“Like a voice crying in the wilderness, we beg members of the foreign press to earn their wages honestly, and suggest that if they must lie they do so about their own countries, but not about El Salvador." (Notice displayed on the wall of the Ministry of Defence press office, El Salvador, 1983.)”
Patrick Marnham, So Far from God: A Journey to Central America

“That was the end of my adventure in Central America. By the lakeshore in Granada, Nicaragua, I decided to turn for home. I wondered what Cortes would have said if, when he set out in the wake of Columbus, he had foreseen the beach outside Granada. He knew in his bones of the glory to come, would he have known about its eclipse? A Church without the True Cross, unable to protect its buildings from earthquake or idolatry; the gold and silver mines exhausted; the children of the Conquest reduced to beggary, placing their trust in the redundant theories of a Victorian economist; the empire overwhelmed by its own pagan and monstrous child. What a fool time has made of Cortes and his pretensions. He should have turned back to Cuba, to his dice and his saints and his women, and left the Indians with the Gods they honour, against all the odds, to this day.”
Patrick Marnham, So Far from God: A Journey to Central America

“Look, little son," she said. "Many times I do not answer you when you ask me things, and other times I simply talk about something else. Sometimes this is because you ask things that you and I should not be talking about, but most of the time it is because I am ashamed that I do not know what you ask. You see, we are simple people, your father and I. We did not have the education because we came from the poorest class of people in Mexico...We cannot teach you the things that you want us to teach you. And I am deeply ashamed that we are going to fail in a great responsibility - we cannot guide you, we cannot select your reading for you, we cannot even talk to you in your own language.

"No, let me finish telling you. Already I can see that books are your life. We cannot help you, and soon we will not even be able to encourage you, because you will be obliged to work. We could not afford to spare you to go to school even if there was a way for you to do it, and there is a great sadness in our hearts.”
José Antonio Villareal, Pocho

Salman Rushdie
“When Don Anastasio Somoza fled the country, he took with him everything he could carry, including all the cash in the national treasury. He even had the bodies of Tacho I and Luis Somoza dug up and they, too, went into exile. No doubt he would have taken the land as well, if he'd known how.”
Salman Rushdie, The Jaguar Smile: A Nicaraguan Journey

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