IN HIS OWN WORDS: Kiran Nagarkar
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IN HIS OWN WORDS: Kiran Nagarkar

While [other writers] went back to learn Tamil, Hindi or Gujarati, I never felt the need. I had a child’s grasp of Marathi from my first 4 years of education but also I was not in the least unhappy with my divided state. I was born on the cusp of independence, so there was no point denying my colonial legacy as well as the new India. The only thing to do was to accept it and to make the most or the worst of it. Continue reading

IN HIS OWN WORDS: Sergei Dovlatov
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IN HIS OWN WORDS: Sergei Dovlatov

In Monday’s profile Sonya Chung identified Sergei Dovlatov as a writer whose healthy, playful, even wicked humor didn’t at all diminish the “earnestness and regret” that often underlied his work. As we see from the quotes below, it put those traits and others—Dovlatov’s clear-sightedness, political awareness and clear love of literature—in an even brighter light. Continue reading