A Flower that Withers Not

"The rose", wrote Umberto Eco, "is a symbolic figure so rich in meanings that by now it hardly has any meaning left". The NAME OF THE ROSE, likewise, is a book on both everything and nothing. Rolling historical novel, murder mystery, metafiction, philosophical novel all into one, Eco's classic work is ultimately a profound meditation... Continue Reading →

Today on International Women's Day, two members of our reading club lists some of the memorable women they have met in the pages: TANMOY BISWAS's list: Inspirations: Becky Sharp (Vanity Fair, Thackeray) ) & Arabella Donn (Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy) Climber. Up to better life, materialistic gains and new man who would satiate her... Continue Reading →

The Master and the Liberator

Fifty years of a classic: One Hundred Years of Solitude. The birth of a master and a liberator. Indradeep Bhattacharyya celebrates... The same day when Librilinia approached me for a piece on Gabriel Garcia Marquez for their March number (Since the author was born in March, and One Hundred Years of Solitude has just turned 50), I... Continue Reading →

“একাকী গায়কের নহে তো গান”

সারাদিনের নানান শব্দের মধ্যে দিয়ে একটু একটু করে সুর চুঁইয়ে পড়ে মনের কুয়োতলায়।সেই সুরে পা পিছলে সোজা স্মৃতির শিকড়ে এসে পড়ি।সেথায় হৃদয়ের বাস।'গানের হৃদয়'।জয় গোস্বামীর এই বই-এ তার হদিস খুঁজলেন সুপ্রিয় মিত্র।   হিন্দিভাষায় একটা চলতি শব্দবন্ধ আছে - ' ল্যগন্ কি বাত '... ঠিক কোন মুহূর্তে একটা জীবনকে কোনও একটা পার্থিব বা অপার্থিব বস্তু... Continue Reading →

‘One Masked Ball’: Edmund White’s Paris

From Dickens's "most extraordinary place in the world" to Hemingway's "movable feast', Paris has always been the cynosure of writers, artists and intellectuals. In The Flâneur, Edmund White, the American author who has lived in Paris for more than a decade, looks back at the city's glitz and roots through the eyes of a flâneur.... Continue Reading →

Behind the Room of Her Own

How different would most ‘great lives’ look if seen through the eyes of their servants and sub-ordinates! How odd, how trivial, how inefficient at times! They shatter myths, change perspectives and re-evaluate understandings. And above all they certainly make those ‘great lives’ look more human. In today’s post, Tanmoy Biswas ventriloquizes as Virginia Woolf’s maid.... Continue Reading →

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