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James Joyce
Books  /  Published 28.05.21

Stories on the margins

Annotations have traditionally been no more than mere footnotes in the history of fiction, providing information that supplements the main story. That is why when James Joyce’s Finnegans Wa...
By Kamalika Basu

Books  /  Published 05.03.21

A glass full of green magic

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By Srimoyee Bagchi

Books  /  Published 26.02.21

Rising from the ashes

‘Manuscripts don’t burn,’ said the devil in The Master and Margarita. But Nikolai Gogol proved him wrong. In fact, it was the devil that he blamed when on a cold February night ...
By Kamalika Basu

Opinion  /  Published 27.01.21

Poetry as medicine for a sick nation

One line you didn’t hear in Joe Biden’s big-hearted inaugural address was one of his favourite bits of Irish verse — a yearning for the rarest of convergences, when “hope and h...
By Timothy Egan

Opinion  /  Published 11.12.20

Curious case: Facebook in yet another controversy

Sir — Mukul Kesavan’s article, “The case of Ulysses” (Dec 6), reminds one of how sublime the novel, Ulysses, is, given its tapestry of allusions and its multiplicity of vo...
By The Telegraph

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Books  /  Published 04.12.20

In love with pencils, paper and crayons

Writers, broadly speaking, are creatures of strange habits. Agatha Christie would ponder murder plots while munching on apples in her bathtub; Walter Scott composed poetry on horseback; Truman Capote ...
By Kamalika Basu

Books  /  Published 14.08.20

Travelling along the long and winding road

Every journey begins with a single step; or so it was once believed. In the modern world, travel has become much simpler. With cheaper transport and a booming tourism industry — this was the cas...
By Kamalika Basu

Opinion  /  Published 16.07.20

An Irish connection

When Leopold Bloom, the Jewish protagonist of James Joyce’s Ulysses, is asked if he knew what a nation means: “A nation?” says Bloom, “A nation is the same people living i...
By Farzana Quader

Books  /  Published 07.05.20

The season to dance to the rhythm of life

The month of May is inseparable from dancing and singing to celebrate the onset of spring. The ancient Roman celebration of Floralia as well as the Celtic festival of Beltane, which used to be held on...
By Srimoyee Bagchi

Books  /  Published 06.02.20

Writing to tune, or playing to write

Almost a century ago, when James Joyce’s Ulysses was first published — the novel came out this month in 1922 on Joyce’s 40th birthday — the author failed to strike a chord with his readers on ...
By Kamalika Basu


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