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Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Coming Soon

Alpana Lath Sawai lists books to watch out for in an article in Sunday Mid-day.

Top of the heap is Vikram Seth's Two Lives, a non-fiction account of the author's great-uncle and aunt, and their sojourns in Berlin and London. Since the book will only be released in September this year, there's a long wait ahead.

Surprisingly, Salman Rushdie's Shalimar The Clown (also coming in September) doesn't find a place on Ms Sawai's list. However, she goes on to mention some other titles that one is already clearing shelf space for -- including Amartya Sen's The Argumentative Indian and Yashodhara Dalmia's biography of Amrita Shergill.

Mark Haddon, author of the charming and deft The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, also has a book on the way. It's titled The Talking Horse and the Sad Girl and the Village Under the Sea, and it's described thus: "Here are bittersweet love lyrics, lucid and bold new versions of Horace, comic set-pieces, lullabies, wry postmodern shenanigans and an entire John Buchanan novel condensed to five pages."

Oh, dear.Why not just call it The Curious Incident of the Author's Random Jottings in the Night-time?


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