Wednesday, June 29, 2005

The Famished British Reader

John Carey recently expressed the view that the British reader is deprived of world literature. The Guardian carries a list of 10 writers that it feels need to be read.

Frankly I recognized only one name: Haldor Laxness, the Icelandic novelist and socialist. He made a visit to India, I think in 1957 or 1961, and attended a CPI Congress. He is little known even in India, though I have seen, and bought some of his novels in Chennai. Havent got around to read him as yet.

Stefan Heym and Dubravka Ugresic are the other two writers that seem interesting on the list.

I have my own list, as expressed elsewhere in this blog.

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