Books & Reviews

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Faas, photojournalism's legend

2012-05-13 AS chief of photo operations for The Associated Press in Saigon for a decade beginning in 1962, Horst Faas (pictured) didn't just cover the fighting — he also recruited and trained new talent from among foreign and Vietnamese freelancers. The...

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Tehran book fair draws huge crowds

2012-05-06 THE idea of an international book festival in Tehran might sound incongruous. Leaders of the Islamic republic are no great book enthusiasts. Numerous writers are banned and as one of the world's most-censoring countries, Iran has a relatively low...

Ways of vetting works

2012-05-06 IRAN'S ministry of culture and Islamic guidance vets all books before publication. Three censors read each book to make sure it conforms to Islamic values. Censorship might apply to only a word, a sentence, a paragraph or sometimes a text as long as...

A forceful, if flawed, study of Orwell's home town

2012-05-06 THERE are only so many good ideas in the world, one supposes. This might explain why revisiting and retracing is such a popular artistic and literary endeavour high, low and middlebrow. It might be Dara O'Briain and Griff Rhys Jones and Rory...

Sunday, 22 April 2012

A Scot's take on Suzhou

2012-04-22 CHINA was never on the radar of Scottish management consultant David Ferguson until he married a Chinese lady and decided to move to China to look for a change. He had reached a bottleneck in business in 2006.Six years later, writer and editor...

The rocket man's ascent

2012-04-22 CHIRATHEP Senivongs Na Ayudhya is well known in financial circles as a high-flying official at the Bank of Thailand. He was a senior director in charge of corporate communications by age 44.In his autobiography Villa @ Wongwian Lek, Chirathep doesn...

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Bi Feiyu: Just aching to write

2012-04-15 OFTEN described as the country's best male writer on the female psyche, Bi Feiyu, 46, does not see himself worthy of the accolade."I wouldn't say I've been writing about women. Rather, I've been writing about humans," he told a roomful of...

JK Rowling's first adult novel will be 'blackly comic'

2012-04-15 IT MAY lack wizards and witches, but JK Rowling and her publisher are hoping her first novel for adults, The Casual Vacancy, will have the magic touch. The book's title was announced last Thursday by Little, Brown & Co along with a brief plot...

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Book lovers turning to inkless pages

2012-04-08 ONE in five American adults read an electronic book in the last year, as gift-giving sped the shift away from the printed page, a Pew Research Centre survey showed on on Wednesday.!In a sweeping survey of e-books' impact on reading habits, the Pew...

Grass' anti-Israel poem stirs hornets' nest

2012-04-08 GERMAN Nobel literature laureate Guenter Grass labelled Israel a threat to "already fragile world peace" in a poem published on Wednesday that drew sharp rebukes at home and from Israel. In the poem titled What must be said, published...

Sunday, 1 April 2012

China in the next 30 years

2012-04-01 CHINA in the Next 30 Years is a new collection of 17 essays published in October 2011 on the future of China, of which eight authors are foreigners. This is one of the few books published simultaneously in Chinese and English. Reading the book in...

Newly revealed Hemingway letters show his softer side

2012-04-01 ERNEST Hemingway shows a tenderness that wasn't part of his usual macho persona in a dozen unpublished letters that became publicly available on Wednesday in a collection of the author's papers at the Kennedy presidential library. In a letter...

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Korea's Shin strikes chord with tale of loss

2012-03-18 SHE has been writing for 28 years in her native South Korea, but Kyung-sook Shin said she feels like a newcomer again after becoming the first woman to win Asia's top literary prize.The South Korean author beat a strong field to win the 2011 Man...

When the kids are the killers

2012-03-18 IT'S quite moving to see soldiers return from war loathing the thing, as is often the case. Most would gladly hear that there'll never be another one, but there always is another, and among the combatants slaughtered in its course will be more...

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Of female reporters in war zones

2012-03-11 BOTH male and female journalists face grave dangers working in conflict zones, but for women, working conditions are often more complex, according to a new book.No Woman's Land: On the Frontlines with Female Reporters, published by the International...

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Poignant 9/11 novel reaches the screen

2012-03-04 ONE of the most definitive novels about 9/11 becomes one of the years most cathartic cinematic experiences as Warner Bros. brings to the screen Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.In 2005, novelist Jonathan...

Guo Jingming on his latest best seller

2012-03-04 WRITER Guo Jingming's latest book Tiny Times 3.0 has sold 1.4 million copies in the two months since its release last December. It is a new height in the writers career: Nearly every one of his eight books have been annual best sellers.Guo, 29, told...

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Chronicle of Egypt's revolution

2012-02-26 IT WAS on the 15th day of the Egyptian revolution that I first encountered Ahdaf Soueif in Tahrir Square. She wore big round sunglasses that swallowed her face, and a dark scarf covered her head and fell over her shoulders. It would have been easy...

Rowling to write novel for grown-ups

2012-02-26 ADULT fans of J K Rowling can rejoice: She has a new novel coming, for grown-ups. The kids will have to wait and see. The author of the mega-selling Harry Potter series has an agreement with Little, Brown in the United States and Britain to...

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Hong Ying's new book reveals her childhood

2012-02-19 ARGUABLY one of China's most international writers, Hong Ying (pic) published her third novel based on her life, The Little Girl, at the end of last year, after 1997's Daughter of the River and its 2009 sequel Good Children of the Flowers.Resembling...

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