Friday, July 14, 2017

Is "The Vegetarian" popular for the wrong reason?

Just finished "The Vegetarian" by Han Kang. It's a Booker-winner and has got rave reviews in the West. It's about a schizophrenic woman (Yeong-hye) who stops eating meat and begins to think that she is a tree. Her life is of course pitiable and sad, and Han Kang portrays her wonderfully with realistic details. But why would anyone care about this? Incorporated in the storyline is a long session involving a video-artist (In-hye's  husband) who has all kinds of wild and immoral fantasy and infatuation around Yeong-hye, and preys on her until he gets his desire fulfilled . This section is visceral and erotic, may be in an unintended way. Is this the reason why so many critics and readers loved it?  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

Shadowland is out in Kolkata Book Fair

Publisher: Gangchil, Kolkata, India.

Length:335 pages. Literary fiction.
                                                me with my editor, V Ramaswamy(right).

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Serendipity in a new avatar! Is it a kind of plagiarism?

How do you feel when you see some chapters of your yet-to-be completed novel  published as a book on a foreign website without your permission?

I got really surprised when I came across twenty chapters of my novel "Serendipity and After" as a book with a new title"A novel about publishing of a novel" on Ridoro, a Russian website. Interestingly, it selected the chapters that related to publishing only.

 I published this novel on Medium a couple months ago - one chapter every day for seventy one days at a stretch and then stopped for some reason, leaving it incomplete. I haven't worked on it since. The new title was actually the tagline of the serialized novel.

Is it right for this website to publish my novel this way without my consent?

I wanted to shoot an angry email to the owner of the website, but strangely there was no contact email at the site. So I wrote to my editor-friend V Ramaswamy asking for his take and what I should do under the circumstances.

Ramaswamy was also taken aback, and advised me to write to the website editor to take down my work from the site.

But he added,"Actually, I wouldn't worry. It spreads the word."

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