An Andamans Story

Usha Raman I had the pleasure this last week of engaging in conversation with Pankaj Sekhsaria, author of the new release, “The Last Wave: an island novel” (HarperCollins, 2014). The conversation was part of the Hyderabad launch of the book, a story that chronicles the turmoil and change that is threatening the existence of the …

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The Book of Night Women: Marlon James

A  haunting, brutal story about slavery in Jamaica in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, The Book of Night Women tells the story of Lilith, and of Montpelier, the plantation she grows up on. The story is told in Patois, from Lilith’s point of view. This is not a book for the squeamish—Marlon James …

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Night Vision: Kendall Hippolyte

The blurb on the back of this collection of poems from Kendall Hippolyte, a Santa Lucian poet, says “He writes in sonnets and villanelles, in idiomatic dramatic monologues that capture the rhythm of Caribbean speech, blues and rap”. This juxtaposition of the formal and informal, the old and the new, intrigued me. And I was …

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