Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore is a poetry collection published in 1910, originally written in Bengali, and also translated by him in English, which I feel is a trait of sheer linguistic intellect. It received universal acclaim which led him to win the Nobel Prize in Literature – being the only Indian to so – after…

‘The Unconsoled’ by Kazuo Ishiguro

‘The Unconsoled’ is a novel published in 1995 by Sir Kazuo Ishiguro, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017. The most unique novel ever written by Kazuo Ishiguro as well as the most polarising, it received a strong set of negative reviews upon its release, and literary critic James Wood opined after reading…

‘The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje

‘The English Patient’ by Michael Ondaatje is a historical fiction novel published in the year 1992, and won the Booker Prize, and the critics applauded the novel’s thematic depth, poetic density, lyrical prose, melancholic setting, and powerful narrative. Further, it was made into an Oscar winning film in 1996. I hadn’t included ‘The English Patient’…

The Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

‘The Line Of Beauty’ by Alan Hollinghurst is a novel which was published in 2004, and enjoyed a great variety of stellar reviews and went on to win The Booker Prize, with most of the reviewers raving about the freshness and elegance of its prose, characters, setting, sexual and philosophical arguments. As I stated in…

‘The Blue Flower’ by Penelope Fitzgerald

The Blue Flower is a novel published in 1999 by Penelope Fitzgerald (The Blue Flower, Offshore, The Beginning of Spring), based on the life of Friederich Von Hardenberg who later was famously known as ‘Novalis’, the great practitioner German Romanticism, prose writer, poet, philosopher, mineralogist, and civil engineer. The novel portrays the life of Fritz…

Atonement by Ian McEwan

‘Atonement’ is a meta fiction novel written by Ian McEwan, published in 2001 and shortlisted for the 2001 Booker Prize for fiction and James Tait Black Memorial Prize the 2001 and the 2001 Whitbread Novel Award, won the 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the 2002 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the 2002 WH Smith Literary Award, the 2002 Boeke…

The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst

‘The Swimming Pool Library’ is a 1988 novel by Alan Hollinghurst, the famous author who won the Booker prize for ‘The Line of Beauty’. Alan Hollinghurst is one of the most important authors of our times, he is the precursor of what we today know as the ‘gay novel’, one of the first people to…

‘1984’ by George Orwell

‘1984’ is a dystopian political fiction novel published and written by George Orwell in the year 1949, which garnered universal acclaim, this is one of the few novels that every literature fanatic has read both within the United Kingdom and across the continent, and has been analysed in academic institutions – by historians, politicians, philosophers,…

A Bend In The River by V.S. Naipaul

‘A Bend in The River’ is a 1979 historical novel written by Nobel Laureate Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, set in an unnamed town in Africa at a bend in the great river, after independence. The novel is narrated by Salim, an ethnically Indian Muslim man, a shopkeeper who believes ‘the world is what it is; men…

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Never Let Me Go is a 2005 sci-fi drama novel written by Nobel prize in Literature winner Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of The Day, The Unconsoled, The Artist of The Floating World), shortlisted for the man booker prize, even though it didn’t win, it received more acclaim than the one which won, The Sea by…