Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marías

Tomorrow in the Battle Think on Me by Javier Marías is a ‘metaphysical thriller’, in the novelist’s words, published in the year 1996 and translated into the English language by Margaret Jull Costa. It is one of Marías’ masterpieces in his vast oeuvre of works, and the title was compelling enough to make me read…

Guerrillas by Sir V.S. Naipaul

Guerrillas by Sir V.S. Naipaul is a postcolonial novel published in 1975 by André Deutsch. V.S. Naipaul won the Nobel Prize in the year 2001, despite being nominated since the past few decades after writing works of the highest quality in non-fiction and fiction. He wasn’t a poet and never published a single poem in…

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

  The Amazing Adventures & Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon shook the world when it won the Pulitzer Prize in the year 2006. Instantly recognised as Chabon’s masterpiece, it has endured and grown over the years in terms of critical acclaim; notably, the BBC ranked it as one of the best contemporary novels of…

If on a winter’s night a traveler by Italo Calvino

If on a winter’s night a Traveler by Italo Calvino is a postmodernist novel published in 1979 and translated into English by William Weaver. This summer, I spent my time reading another excellent Italian writer named Umberto Eco, the brilliant mind behind the novel The Name of The Rose. When we talk about contemporary Italian…

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…