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In 'A State Of Freedom,' Be Careful What You Wish For
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The characters Neel Mukherjee's new novel all want better lives, and — to say the least — they're seldom rewarded. A State of Freedom is a dark, brutal read, but also surprisingly beautiful.

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Voices: How a Great Singer Can Change Your Life – review
Nick Coleman’s analysis of pop’s most thrilling singers brims with joy and well-turned phrases, but doesn’t dig deep enough

What do we want or expect from a voice, someone else’s voice, a stranger’s voice? After nine months of deafness, documented in his 2013 memoir Train in the Night, Nick Coleman realised he only wanted to hear voices that would “nourish and sustain” him. He found nourishm...

Posthumously Published 'Sea Maiden' Affirms Denis Johnson's Eternal Voice
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A new collection features five stand-alone stories by Johnson, who died in 2017. Critic Maureen Corrigan says The Largesse of the Sea Maiden is "the kind of work every writer would like to go out on."

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Newsbook: Haiti’s Resilience as Seen Through Literature
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Three Haitian writers explore stories of politics, love and violence. www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/...
How ‘The Alienist’ Finally Found a Screen
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Nearly 24 years after it was published, the historical thriller is appearing onscreen, as a TNT series beginning Jan. 22. www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/...
Sourdough by Robin Sloan review – infectious zest for life
Magic, science, technology and, above all, baking – this charming tale of hipsters and foodies is set to rise as fast as its bestselling forerunner

Live sourdough starter is more a pet than a cooking ingredient, demanding loving nurture and regular attention. As US author Robin Sloan’s follow-up to his bestselling debut Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore demonstrates, it can also become an obsession....

Fiction: From Isabel Allende, a Novel of Three Immigrants and a Brooklyn Misadventure
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Two professors aid an undocumented worker following an accident that launches a trio of narratives about life lived across America’s borders in “In the Midst of Winter.” www.nytimes.com/2018/01/19/...
With Greater Economic Strength, India Believes Its 'Time Has Come'
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"I don't think India wants to be a formal U.S. ally," says Alyssa Ayres, author of Our Time Has Come: How India Is Making Its Place in the World. "It sees alliance relationships as too constraining."

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Nonfiction: From ‘Fire and Fury’ to Political Firestorm
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Michael Wolff has everyone talking about a possibly dysfunctional president. www.nytimes.com/2018/01/08/...
Saleem Ahmed obituary

My friend Saleem Ahmed, who has died aged 80, was the author of six novels published under the pseudonym Adam Zameenzad. They were translated into at least 10 languages and won acclaim in Britain and abroad for their exuberance, their inventiveness and above all for their passionate commitment to the lives of the dispossessed.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, the son of Fatima Aziz and Shammim Ahmad, Saleem spent most...