The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera

The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera is a novel which was published first in France in the year 1979. Kundera has made it unequivocally clear that he should be regarded as a ‘French’ novelist and his books should be canonised as ‘French Literature.’ When it came to be known that the latest…

A Personal Matter by Kenzaburō Ōe

A Personal Matter is a semi-autobiographical novel published in the year 1987 by Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kenzaburō Ōe; the most well-renowned novelist from Japan after Yukio Mishima (another distinguished Nobel Laureate in Literature). Kenzaburō Ōe is one of the most prominent and central literary figures of the post-war era. He writes about characters who seem…

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: 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…