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From the Left, Column One
- Imre Kertesz - Hungry- Nobel Prize Winner
- Mulk Raj Amand - India - author Untouchable
- Jhumpa Lahiri - USA - Pulitzer Prize Winner
- Goli Taraghi - Iran - author The Pomegranate Lady and other Stories
- Julian Barnes - UK - Booker Prize Winner
- Paul Bowles- USA
- Riham Adlay - Egypt - Award Winning Short Story Writer
- Yente Serdatzky - Lithuania- Yiddish Short Stories
- Sholom Aleichem- Ukraine
- R. K. Narayan- India
- Tadeusz Borowski - Polish - Holocaust Short Stories
- Zadie Smith - UK
- Zola Neale Hurston - USA
- Francine Prose - USA
- George Eliot - Uk
- Alyssa Wong - USA - Multi-Award Winning Fantasy Writer
- Karen Russell -USA
Men 7, Women 10
Dead 9, Living 8
Included are a Nobel, Pulitzer and Booker Prize Winners
There are six Americans, two from India, three from the UK, two from
Poland, and one each from Iran, Egypt, Lithuania, and the Ukraine
Four writers were featured for the first time, thirteen are old friends, the most frequently featured of this month’s writers is R. K. Narayan with 24 Posts. For sure he should have won the Nobel Prize
The Autodidactic Pick of the Month
This month I’m urging all my fellow literary autodidacts to consider reading Untouchable by Mulk Raj Amand, 1935, a look at one day in the life of a young Dalit man in his late teens. In just a few hours you can get a very good sense of what life was like at the bottom of the Caste System, not just for the young man but his abusive at times father, his mother who works as a maid for a Brahmin and probably services him sexually and his beautiful younger sister. His dream in life is to get a position cleaning up after a British regiment.
I hope to add this as an ongoing feature in which I recommend at least one work to serious literary autodidacts in my month end reviews.
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Future Plans and Hopes
Basically much like before. I will Year long be reading Yiddish Literature, mostly short stories. In March I will return to the Irish. I will also be reading more Indian Short Stories. I will continue, I hope, to read nonfiction, mostly history and literary biographies.
I have no real fixed policy. I look at all the books I receive, from services, agents and writers. I will review serious academic history and biographies as well as literature.
To my fellow Book Bloggers
You are the among the greatest readers in the world. Keep blogging, in hard times slow down but don’t quit. I imagine how great it will be if young book bloggers starting now can one day look back on fifty years of posts.
To those who leave comments I give my humble thanks, sometimes I do feel I am posting into a vast void and you help keep me going.