A Double-Income Family
When Mrs Mehra leaves Delhi she retires in one of ‘the vast new satellite townships on the eastern fringes of the metropolis’.
A Numbered Graph That Shows How Each Part of the Body Would Fit Into A Chair
‘It’s a simple truth that one can occupy two / places at one time while sitting in a chair—the same way a / poseable doll can be divided from her dress.’
A Thousand Splendid Stuns
‘More important than anything else that fateful year was the life-defining transcendence of Peter Gabriel.’
A Woman’s Worth
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan on the evolution of feminist judgments in India.
About Her and the Memories That Belong to Her
‘If I were to forget, then it would be the same as it never having existed at all.’
About the Cover
‘I took myself off to the woods, the fragments of the great forests that once spread over our continent.’
‘A woman asked the steward behind the registration desk if our flight to Moscow was domestic or international. “We are still working on that,” the man answered.’
After Zero Hour
‘It seemed there was a little piece of Iraqi earth inside me that refused to let me go.’
An (almost) perfect day
‘I think of the self-portrait as a mirror of all the violence that befalls us.’
Anjali Joseph | First Sentence
‘I kept returning to the Beckett stories, a favourite since I came upon them in my late teens.’
In 2007 Katherine Boo travelled to Annawadi – a slum built on Mumbai Airport land – to document the lives of the families living there.
Bad Luck, Britain
‘It was a wonderful day of high summer in the Stockholm archipelago.’
‘There are fragments of a criminal alongside fragments of a dad, and nothing overlaps, nothing eclipses the other, they’re just there, next to each other. No narrative fits.’
‘Restored nature would be a phantom of its former self. The experience would be akin to visiting a wildlife park.’
Best Book of 1901: The Octopus
Rob Magnuson Smith on why Frank Norris' The Octopus is the best book of 1901.
Best Book of 1955: Pedro Páramo
Louise Stern on why Pedro Páramo is the best book of 1955.
Best Book of 1970: The Collected Works of Billy the Kid
Why Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid is the best book of 1970.
Best Book of 1981: Lanark
Lorna Gibb on why Alasdair Gray's Lanark is the best book of 1981.
Best Book of 1984: Amalgamemnon
Joanna Walsh on why Christine Brooke-Rose's Amalgamemnon is the best book of 1984.
Best Book of 2003: The Curious Life of Robert Hooke
Daisy Hildyard on why Lisa Jardine's The Curious Life of Robert Hooke is the best book of 2003.
Best Book of 2006: The Re-Emergence of Global Finance
Oliver Bullough on why Gary Burn's The Re-Emergence of Global Finance is the best book of 2006.
Best Book of 2008: The Alphabet
Rae Armantrout on why Ron Silliman's The Alphabet is the best book of 2008.
Best Book of 2015: After The Dance
Dimitry Elias Léger on why Jan Gaye's After the Dance is the best book of 2015.
Best Book of 2017: Shadowbahn
Jonathan Lethem on why Steve Erickson's Shadowbahn is the best book of a year to come.
Best Story of 1965: ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’
Aimee Bender on why Flannery O’Connor's ‘Everything That Rises Must Converge’ is the best story of 1965.
‘This was the morning I discovered the anatomy of a hair.’ New fiction by Guadalupe Nettel, translated from the Spanish by Rahul Bery.
‘For us, discomfort is a hard feeling. / Almost as hard as hate. / Almost as hard as fear.’
‘As a kid, he played video games and roughhoused on the beach and joined a gang.’