Reflection

REFLECTION / Using humour and Fredrik Backman’s novels to breeze through life

Backman, in his style of writing and the characters he builds, tends to approach all the complexities of humanity with a touch of distance, while still managing to maintain intimacy

REFLECTIONS / Literature or sadism: The bleak picture of trauma in ‘A Little Life’

There are few novelists as cruel as Hanya Yanagihara—and in A Little Life (Doubleday, 2015), her pen draws blood. Nine years on, the controversy of the 800-page character study of an irreparably broken protagonist is still ablaze with accusations that it sadistically exploits trauma for profit.

REFLECTION / The endless scream

A reflection on Mahmoud Darwish’s 'A River Dies of Thirst: Diaries' (first published by Archipelago in 2009)

July 3, 2024
July 3, 2024

Using humour and Fredrik Backman’s novels to breeze through life

Backman, in his style of writing and the characters he builds, tends to approach all the complexities of humanity with a touch of distance, while still managing to maintain intimacy

June 20, 2024
June 20, 2024

Literature or sadism: The bleak picture of trauma in ‘A Little Life’

There are few novelists as cruel as Hanya Yanagihara—and in A Little Life (Doubleday, 2015), her pen draws blood. Nine years on, the controversy of the 800-page character study of an irreparably broken protagonist is still ablaze with accusations that it sadistically exploits trauma for profit.

April 24, 2024
April 24, 2024

The endless scream

A reflection on Mahmoud Darwish’s 'A River Dies of Thirst: Diaries' (first published by Archipelago in 2009)

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