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The text or context? What matters more in shaping opinions about literature? An investigation

Why is the novel 1984 by George Orwell popular? God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, for that matter, draws its popularity from which source? Why was Lady Chatterley’s Lover so popular in its days? In the contemporary period, why are many novels popular in spite of their mediocre writing – Asura, Sita: the Warrior…

Notable features of the novels by Bhabani Bhattacharya – and major novels by him you must read

Perhaps the only novelist from India I can name to have written excellent novels and remained in the abyss of ignorance and oblivion has to be Bhabani Bhattacharya! Yes, the author of works like So Many Hungers, He Who Rides a Tiger and A Dream in Hawaii, Bhabani Bhattacharya’s publications and his distinguished writing style,…

6 Philosophical Novels You Must Read – a list for serious fiction readers

Let’s set the record straight before we begin. Philosophy has no direct connection with fiction. A work of fiction can exist without philosophy (or may manage with a hint of it). When philosophy meets fiction, however, the amalgamation is profound! The works by Kafka, Camus, Beckett, Raja Rao, Woolf, Sterne, and others in the league…