Review: Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Snow is a political thriller novel written by Nobel prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk; who also wrote one of the great masterpieces of the twentieth century, in my view, called My Name is Red which was one of the primary books which, when translated into English, brought him under the radar of the Nobel Committee. With…

Review: The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco

The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco is an Italian debut novel published in the year 1980, which is a historical murder mystery set in the year 1372. The Name of The Rose is one of the most well-received classics of twentieth-century which was a bestseller upon its release and is one of the…

The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a novel written by Milan Kundera, published in the year 1984. Since then, the novel has been heaped with praises upon praises by critics and readers, academicians, students and bibliophiles in the world. He is a Czech-French novelist who advocates and asserts his books be placed under the catalogue…

Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov

Pale Fire, although lesser-known among the general literary audience, was critically acclaimed and is recognised as one of the greatest 20th-century novels. It is also known as one of the most imaginative, boundary-breaking, and linguistically inventive novels of all time; which is a testimony to the essential plot of the novel, a 999 line poem…

‘Stoner’ by John Williams

Stoner is a novel published in the year 1965 by the American writer John Williams, who won the National Book Award for Augustus (1972) and the acclaimed Butcher’s Crossing (1960). Now, judging by the limited amount of work John Williams produced in his entire life, he was a man of deep thought, silent and reticent…

A Heart So White by Javier Marías

A Heart So White by Javier Marías is a novel published, originally in the Spanish language, in the year 1992. In the year 1995, an English translation by Margaret Jull Costa was published by The Harvill Press, which won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Javier Marías is one of Spain’s most celebrated and prolific…

The Cairo Trilogy by Naguib Mahfouz

The Cairo Trilogy is a series of three novels written and published by the Nobel prize winner for literature Naguib Mahfouz, initially in the Arabic language in the years 1956-1957. The three books: Palace Walk (1956), Palace of Desire (1957) and Sugar Street (1957) were published later in English translation in the 1990s by Doubleday….

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Things Fall Apart is a novel by Chinua Achebe published in the year 1958 to great acclaim and since then, has been recognised as a classic of postcolonial literature. It was written as a rebuke to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Chinua Achebe also later criticised Sir VS Naipaul’s A Bend in The River. Both…

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

Freedom by Jonathan Franzen Freedom is a novel published in the year 2010 by American novelist Jonathan Franzen; published to great acclaim by critics and readers, it turned Franzen into a literary celebrity and phenomenon. His first masterpiece The Corrections compelled me to pick up Freedom from the nearest Waterstones, which had only one copy available…

Review of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is a novel published in the year 2007 to unprecedented acclaim, and the novel turned to be a huge critical and popular success winning The National Book Critics Award and The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Junot Diaz published his debut, which was called Drown, a…