The Canadian writer Alice Munro won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for short stories “characterized by clarity and psychological realism” which the Swedish Academy likened to the work of Anton Chekhov.
At Munther Fahmi’s small bookshop in East Jerusalem, Martina Quick, political counselor at the Swedish embassy to Israel, peruses a copy of Palestinian academic Sari Nusseibeh ’s autobiography “Once Upon A Country.”
The protests in Turkey, which now involve an extraordinarily diverse group of people, illuminate an altered political landscape. Yet much coverage of the demonstrations betrays an intellectual lag -- worse than the one that plagued many journalists and pundits when anti-Mubarak protesters filled Tahrir Square in 2011.
The last time I had a rendezvous with Jeet Thayil 18 years ago at the Taj Hotel Mumbai, he never showed. When I finally caught up with him in Hong Kong recently and asked why he stood me up, his excuse was simple.
When writer William Dalrymple co- founded India’s Jaipur Literature Festival , he envisioned tweed- clad scholars parsing Nobel laureates’ works for students and bookworms. Now they’re doing it for executives and movie stars.