literature

Haruki Murakami

Murakami is one of the few authors that leaves me speechless. I have read a couple of his fictional books and they always leave me in a vacuum because they are so abundant, full, accomplished in every facet that they leave an immense emptiness when I finished reading them. The period of emptiness persists until […]

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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman (1960-) needs no introduction. He is a living legend with his genre-defying, award-winning novels, graphic novels, plays, and what not. I am actually a little embarressed to admit that I have yet to read something from his hand – he is the kind of authentic author, we all dream of becoming. He writes […]

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Edmund Wilson

Does the name ring a bell? No. Well, it didn’t with me. Edmund Wilson (1895-1972) was a literary critic connected to Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books from the early 1920s to his death in 1972. His critical writing promoted novelists as Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, […]

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Dissolution – C. J. Sansom

Dissolution is one of those immaculate novels where the reader is immersed in history, not that history is a heavy cloak, but where the author brings a period in time to life and the pages are saturated in historical details which makes the time period in question even more vivid. C. J. Sansom works magic […]

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The Red Chamber – Pauline A. Chen

The Red Chamber is Pauline A. Chen’s retelling of Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese classic of massive length and encompassing some 400 characters. Pauline A. Chen’s The Red Chamber is more mainstream, if that terminology is applicable in connection to a novel set in 18th century, Qing dynasty. The Red Chamber is a […]

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