Books
New novel ‘Live from Cairo’ set among refugees during the Arab Spring of 2011
‘Humour scares dictators but brings people together’
New novel ‘Live from Cairo’ set among refugees during the Arab Spring of 2011
2017-07-16 12:05:04 War refugees, we’re told early on in Ian Bassingthwaighte’s eye-opening first novel, often suffer from an unusually high rate of arrhythmia. The reason: “The average heart, it seemed, was unable to normalize after the shock of learning what people could do.” Among the factors that can trigger such cardiac irregularities are terrorist attacks, forced separations from immediate family and unshakable memories of abduction, torture and rape   Read More ...
‘Humour scares dictators but brings people together’
2017-04-18 23:13:18 What do you get when you put a cardiothoracic surgeon, in the middle of a revolution? You get a comedian and satirist worthy of the epithet ‘Jon Stewart of Egypt’. US-based Bassem Youssef, writer, producer, media critic, and television host had a front row seat to the 2011 Egyptian revolution that broke out in Cairo. He recounts those events in his new book Revolution for Dummies (Harper Collins; Rs 1,099) “It’s only through a book that my daughter will know what happened in Egypt in the spring of 2011   Read More ...
Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
2015-04-23 20:09:14 The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...