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The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai

Introduction Anita Desai ruminates on art and memory, illusion and disillusion, and the sharp divide between life’s expectations and its realities in three perfectly etched novellas. Set in India in the not-too-distant past, the stories’ dramas illuminate the ways in which Indian culture can nourish or suffocate. All are served up with Desai’s characteristic perspicuity, [...]

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Introduction Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his [...]

Orwell, George — All Art is Propaganda and Facing Unpleasant Facts

“What is most astonishing about these essays are their continuing freshness and relevancy more than half a century after Orwell’s death. Orwell’s crisp and clear journalistic writing style remains highly accessible to 21st-century readers.” —Library Journal   “These in-your-face writings showcase the power of this literary form…” —Facing Unpleasant Facts, STARRED Publishers Weekly   “[ALL [...]