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Haruki Murakami’s storytelling world.

Haruki Murakami’s storytelling world. Welch, Patricia IN THE 1980s THE JAPANESE ECONOMY WAS BOOMING. Japan loomed in the world’s and its own imagination as an unstoppable economic machine. To many, Japan was a suitable model for economic and social development: the economy was great, schools were good, and violence nearly nonexistent. Its successes were spoken […]

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Les corps celestes. (book reviews)

Les corps celestes. (book reviews) Knapp, Bettina L. A deeply poignant and unusually sensitive novel, Les corps celestes probes the mind, heart, bodies, and psyches of Baptiste, the narrator, and Vincent, his best and only friend. Or, could the peregrinations of the two protagonists be dual aspects of but a single person, a composite of […]

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Na prelomu. (book reviews)

Na prelomu. (book reviews) Mihailovich, Vasa D. Following two collections of poetry (see WLT 60:2, p. 334, and 68:3, p. 602), Sava Jankovic, a prominent Serbian writer in the diaspora, has published his first novel, Na prelomu (Turning Point). In this first volume of a projected tetralogy the author begins a saga that will take […]

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Luis Rafael Sanchez. Devorame otra vez.(Book Review)

Luis Rafael Sanchez. Devorame otra vez.(Book Review) Corral, Will H. Luis Rafael Sanchez. Devorame otra vez. San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ediciones Callejon. 2004. 201 pages. ISBN 1-881748-31-6 TOGETHER WITH La guagua aerea (1994) and No llores por nosotros Puerto Rico (1997), Devorame otra vez puts Luis Rafael Sanchez, the greatest living Puerto Rican writer, at […]

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The Glass Palace. (India). (book review)

The Glass Palace. (India). (book review) Aldama, Frederick Luis Amitav Ghosh. The Glass Palace London. HarperCollins. 2000. 552 pages 16.99 [pounds sterling]. ISBN 0-00-226102-2 AMITAV GHOSH CONTINUES to explore different storytelling forms and to complicate the picture of pre- and postcolonial South Asian identity in his fourth novel, The Glass Palace. Ghosh’s ambitious epic tells […]

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Tracing Seamus Heaney. (British poet)

Tracing Seamus Heaney. (British poet) Quinlan, Kieran In 1989, when Seamus Heaney accepted his election as Professor of Poetry at Oxford University (a rather odd position, its occupant chosen in a peculiarly odd manner by the “populist” vote of those M.A.’s of the University caring to participate, and then merely required to deliver a modest […]

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The Weary Generations.(Review) (book review)

The Weary Generations.(Review) (book review) Abdullah Hussein. The Weary Generations. Chester Springs, Pa. Peter Owen/UNESCO (Dufour, distr.). 1999. 334 pages. [pound]17.95/$36.95. isbn 0- 7206-1062-1/92-3-103509-6. First written in Urdu as Udas Naslein (1963), The Weary Generations by Abdullah Hussein is proof that long before Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (1981), which is generally credited for being a […]

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A Literatura Feminina no Brasil Contemporaneo. (book reviews)

A Literatura Feminina no Brasil Contemporaneo. (book reviews) Clemente, Alice R. A Literatura Feminina no Brasil Contemporaneo is a collection of essays on thirty-three Brazilian women writers by a distinguished Brazilian woman scholar. Some of the essays are previously unpublished material; the majority, however, are revisions of work that has appeared elsewhere, in print or […]

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From the Sultan’s Wife to the Lady Friend

Politics and Erotics in Nizar Kabbani’s Poetry: From the Sultan’s Wife to the Lady Friend Mohja Kahf The work of Nizar Kabbani (1923-98), arguably the most widely read contemporary poet in the Arab world, is usually treated as if he wrote in two categories: erotic poetry and political poetry. In fact, politics generally provides the […]

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Night River

Night River John Oliver Perry Keki N. Daruwalla. Night River New Delhi. Rupa. 2000. 112 pages Rs95, ISBN 81-7167-480-1 WHAT A GREAT PLEASURE to read and reread for review and to have for fresh rereadings another substantial book of solid poetic achievement from this top-ranking India poet in English. Except for occasional subject matter — […]