1. Review: We Need New Names

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    September 2, 2013 by markstani

    We are on our way to Budapest: Bastard and Chipo and Godknows and Sbho and Stina and me. We are going even though we are not allowed to cross Mzilikazi Road, even though Bastard is supposed to be watching his little sister Fraction, even though mother would kill me dead if she found out; we are just going. Click image for review

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  2. Review: Mastering The Art Of Soviet Cooking

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    August 28, 2013 by markstani

    Roll out a delicious personal paean to the good, bad and ugly of Soviet cuisine. Add lashings of little-known social history from the crumbling Romanov dynasty to the Putin era’s slavering kleptocrats. Liberally sprinkle with anecdote and a selection of recipes from one of the finest food writers around. Best served hot. Click image for more

  3. Review: Calcutta

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    August 12, 2013 by markstani

    Amit Chaudhuri’s ‘Calcutta’ is a rich and engrossing account of the trials and tribulations of a modern Indian city, broaching, from a uniquely informed perspective, every topic from leftist guerrillas to the Indian Premier League. Click image for more.

  4. Review: The Last Banquet

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    July 17, 2013 by markstani

    Jonathan Grimwood’s ‘The Last Banquet’ is a riotously delicious tale of life amid the crumbling nobility of mid-18th century France. Gorging on snake bouillabaisse, laying ladies-in-waiting and gallavanting off in search of extending the French colonial empire, it’s a fabulous feast for the senses. Click image for more

  5. Review: Tampa

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    July 8, 2013 by markstani

    The sweetest taboo? Alissa Nutting’s Tampa confronts us with the disturbing tale of a sociopathic high school teacher who preys on fourteen-year-old boys. It’s a shockingly graphic, intensely thought-provoking novel, and probably the bravest thing you’ll read all year. Click image for more

  6. Reviews round-up

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    July 1, 2013 by markstani

    Here’s a round-up of some of the best things I’ve been reading during my recent blog-break. It didn’t come any better than Andrei Makine’s ‘Brief Loves That Live Forever’, while Cormac McCarthy and William Gay also feature, plus an an e-book bargain in Scott McClanahan’s ‘Stories V’. Click image for more

  7. ‘Shadow’ MAN Asian Prize Winner: Narcopolis

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    March 11, 2013 by markstani

    I’m delighted to announce that Jeet Thayil’s ‘Narcopolis’ has been voted winner of the second MAN Asian ‘Shadow’ Prize. Choosing …
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