The Enchantress of Florence (Salman Rushdie, 2008)

The female figure in the cover of Salman Rushdie's eighth novel, the "Enchantress of Florence"  hints on the action that will unfold in the text. But before any of the action occurs, Rushdie loses himself in meandering narrative streams and meticulous details. The story begins at the end of the fifteenth century where we meet …

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Wilhelm Tell in Manila (Annette Hug, 2016)

Annette Hug's novel "Wilhelm Tell in Manila" follows the life of the Philippine national hero, Jose Rizal through the jungle of words and languages. The ambitious novel essentially attempts to tell the story about how literature changes the world. For Jose Rizal, his attempt to change the world with literature ends in his own death. Rizal is …

The masks of Frantz Fanon

As a psychiatrist and revolutionary, Frantz Fanon took part in the fight against French colonialism in the fifties. Today numerous publications are devoted to him. Is Fanon more relevant today? At the end of 1956, Frantz Fanon joined the FLN (Front de Libération Nationale) in the Algerian liberation struggle. The distance between the present world …

Traces of Jorge Borges in Roberto Bolaño

Roberto Bolano channels the many characteristics that made Jorge Borges a great writer in his book, "The Insufferable Gaucho" Borges died in 1986. At about the same time Roberto Bolaño was rising to become the most interesting author of emerging Spanish-language literature. Jorge Borges shares his inexhaustible imagination with Roberto Bolano, which allows him to …

The Buried Giant (Kazuo Ishiguro, 2015)

The 2017 Literature Nobel Prize is awarded to the writer Kazuo Ishiguro. He was born in Japan in 1954 and moved to England at the age of five with his parents. I previously reviewed his work “The Buried Giant” on this blog. An article on the occasion of his winning the prize will follow.