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Archives for October 2008

Chinua Achebe: Home And Exile

In 1958 Chinua Achebe published Things Fall Apart, the novel that helped usher in a new wave of African literature. Until that point literature concerning African had been written by European colonials, and was rife with derogatory depictions of African… continue reading »

Raymond Queneau: Exercises In Style

One of the most famous works by the French writer, Raymond Queneau, is Exercises In Style (1947), a fiction with the slightest of plots. So slight, the whole story can be summarised in a few sentences, and it wouldn’t be… continue reading »

Chris Cleave: The Other Hand

When the first edition of John Boyne’s The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas appeared, the blurb gave little away, noting, “Usually we give some clues about the book on the cover, but in this case we think that would spoil… continue reading »

Neal Stephenson @ Waterstone’s 15-Oct-2008

Situated on Sauchiehall Street, bang in the centre of Glasgow, is my favourite Waterstone’s store. There, on the first floor, safe from the hordes hovering around the promotional tables, one can find a mix of displays, regularly imaginative. Recent displays… continue reading »

The Man Booker Prize 2008

If there was ever a time to sit down and reflect on the good old days then that time is now. Those good old days, of course, pertain to the Man Booker Prize in the days before there was such… continue reading »

Dubravka Ugrešić: Nobody’s Home

Open Letter Books, based in the University of Rochester, have been blogging away at Three Percent for over a year now, and last month they finally launched their first title: Nobody’s Home by Dubravka Ugrešić (2005). What makes Open Letter… continue reading »

Yoko Tawada @ Goethe Institut 09-Oct-2008

Tucked away in the west end of Glasgow there’s a building that I’ve known about for a while but never taken the time to visit. It’s the Goethe Institut,  promoting the German language abroad. One way in which it achieves… continue reading »

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2008

It’s that time of year again, where we all go running to our search engines and tap in the name of the latest Nobel laureate. In recent years the Swedish Academy have been kind to us in recognising some names… continue reading »

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