Revolting peasants; reflecting on Jose Saramago’s “Raised from the Ground”.

This is Portugal's "One Hundred Years of Solitude" without the magical realism. This is a Forsyte Saga for the landless peasants. In a place where the landscape is the only constant, these people, like Saramago's own grandparents, were literally Raised from the Ground.

The British Library, in six objects

A world-renowned institution. A gallery of treasures. A place where history "lives"?

Book Review – Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927)

Part childhood memoir, part revolutionary narrative. A novel about death? Or the death of the Victorian novel?

Jorges Luis Borges and why you should read him.

Last summer I downloaded the Collected Fictions of Jorges Luis Borges, and read most of it either in the campus grounds of the Chinese university that I was studying in at the time (<山师>山东师范大学,济南) or by the banks of the Yellow River (the famous 黄河) in Jinan, Shandong province. I first became interested in South American writing some… Continue reading Jorges Luis Borges and why you should read him.