Monthly Archives: January 2013

  1. Art: Gaiety Is The Most Outstanding Feature Of The Soviet Union

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    January 27, 2013 by markstani

    Dasha Fursey’s ‘Boundary Post Of A Cat Bajun’ is one of the highlights of a sprawling post-Soviet exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery (to May 5). Other highlights include works by Vikenti Nilin and Boris Mikhailov. It’s by turns challenging, depressing and darkly humorous. Click image for more

  2. MAN Asian Shortlist Announcement


    January 9, 2013 by markstani

    The MAN Asian Prize judges have announced their shortlist of five novels for this year’s Prize. is it what I hoped for? Er, no. But it’s not entirely without merit, and I’m glad ‘Between Clay And Dust’ and ‘Narcopolis’ have made the cut. Click image for more.

  3. Interview: Sheng Keyi


    January 8, 2013 by markstani

    Ahead of Wednesday’s shortlist announcement for this year’s MAN Asian Prize, Chinese author Sheng Keyi shares her thoughts about her longlisted novel ‘Northern Girls’, and in particular the inspiration behind her unforgettable central character, Qian Xiaohong. Click image for more

  4. MAN Asian Musings


    January 6, 2013 by markstani

    The shortlist for this year’s MAN Asian Literary Prize will be announced on Wednesday. Ahead of the announcement of the five or six books still in the running for the prestigious Prize, here is my run-down of the likely contenders from what has, on the whole, been a strong longlist. Click image for more

  5. MAN Asian Review: The Road To Urbino


    January 3, 2013 by markstani

    Roma Tearne’s ‘The Road To Urbino’ is my 12th review from this year’s MAN Asian Prize longlist, and it’s a pleasant surprise: a moving and challenging tale of a Sri Lankan emigrant whose failure to shake off his tragic past leads him to commit a heinous, high-profile crime. The shortlist is announced next week: this could be on it. Click image for more

  6. MAN Asian Review: Ru


    January 1, 2013 by markstani

    Kim Thuy’s ‘Ru’ might stand at just 153 sparsely populated pages, but her series of vignettes about escape from post-War Vietnam to fashion a new life in Canada packs a powerful pound-for-pound punch. It fully deserves its place on this year’s MAN Asian Prize longlist. For reviews of the other contenders, click the icon on the right. Click image for more