Stories about Literature from October, 2007
Trinidad & Tobago: In Search of Lessing
Jeremy Taylor can’t find copies of Doris Lessing’s work – in fact, “no one had even heard of her…what's going on here? Has the Nobel Prize become irrelevant, even to today's frenetic marketeers?”
Lebanon: Arts and Artists
The Lebanese blogosphere is not solely composed of political blogs you know, and thank God for that. Some artists are using blogs to display their paintings, music and other artistic creations. Moussa Bashir tours the blogosphere, opening up a whole new world of culture and arts.
Saudi Arabia: Dumbledore is What?
Mochness from Saudi Arabia is confused about Harry Potter's Dumbledore's sexuality and would rather come to another conclusion.
Iran:International Book Exposition
Ghomar Asheganheh informs[Fa] us that this week for the fifth time an “International Book Exposition” will be organised in Tabriz,in north western Iran, where 1000 publishers from all over the world will be present.
Iran:Bookstores in trouble
Iranian government clamps down on bookstores’ coffee shops.Kaghz Pareh says[Fa] that he does not understand the reasons of government's decision in a country where not many people read books.
India: Book Review, The Indian Clerk
Jabberwock on David Leavitt's The Indian Clerk – “In essence this is a fictionalised account of the real-life collaboration between G H Hardy and Srinivasa Ramanujan in the years 1913-1919, a collaboration that led to some of the most important mathematical advances of the century.”
Jamaica: Reading 100 Books
“Methinks I shall read 100 books,” declares Jamaican author Marlon James. Find out why.
Jamaica: Chat With a Trini
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp talks with Trinidad-born writer and blogger, Patrice Elizabeth Grell Yursi.
Haiti: Danticat Reviewed
“Brother I'm Dying, the latest of Danticat's books, is a climax of that characteristic folktale and memoir unveiling,” writes Matt at Haiti Innovation, as he reviews the author's newest offering.
Sri Lanka: Military History
Cerno recommends a book on Sri Lankan military history during the Portuguese era.
Bahrain: The times they are a-changin'…
Many of Bahrain's bloggers are either lamenting or advocating change of one kind or another this week, whether concerning family celebrations, employment practices, political priorities – or even footwear, writes Ayesha Saldanha, in her latest round up of the Bahraini blogosphere.
Slovenia: Lojze Podobnik
TOL's Romantic writes about Lojze Podobnik, a Slovenian author writing on the Romani culture and way of life.
India: Women and Spirituality
The Mountaintop on spiritual literature and the indifference or denial of women's sexuality.
Bangladesh: Art, Brick Lane, female writers and Bangla E-Books
Enough with politics that usually dominate the posts in the Bangladeshi blogosphere. Let's start this week's round-up with some arts, movies and literature related pieces. Sid of Serious Golmal writes a well informative article on the life of S M Sultan, the master painter of Bangladesh commemorating his 13th death...
Tunisia: Blogger's books confiscated at customs
When Tunisian blogger Zizou from Djerba returned home to Tunis from Cairo last week, he received more than the welcome he bargained for.
Jamaica: Giving Up
Jamaican Marlon James lists a few things he thinks we can confidently give up on.
Trinidad & Tobago: Reviewing Naipaul
“I never thought I’d see the word ‘feeling’ appear in the title of a V.S. Naipaul book. Has Sir Vidia gone fluffy on us?” asks Andre Daniel Bagoo, as he reviews the author's latest offering.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Radovan Karadzic
Srebrenica Genocide Blog writes about Radovan Karadzic's role and about genocide deniers. Finding Karadzic suspects that Karadzic may be hiding in Moscow, sheltered by Eduard Limonov.
Jamaica: Doris Lessing
Croaking Marley admits he was “way off” in not considering Doris Lessing as a contender for the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Jamaica, Haiti: Danicat Reading
Jamaican Geoffrey Philp attends a reading of Edwidge Danticat's latest work, Brother, I'm Dying.
India: Rowling and Durga Puja
GreatBong on JK Rowling suing a “Durga Puja committee” in India for using characters from her Harry Potter series. b