August 27, 1995 |
An Indian collegian, Abhay, freshly back home from the United States, shoots a thieving monkey on his parents' roof. The shock brings back the wounded animal's human consciousness; he had, in a past life, been a 19th-Century Indian poet, Sanjay. As Yama, the God of Death, approaches to claim the dying creature, the monkey yearns to tell his story. With the intervention of the powerful Hindu deity, Hanuman, a deal is struck.
October 5, 2005 |
An untitled, 1,225-page epic set in India and billed as a combination of "The Godfather" and a Victorian Gothic novel will be released next year by HarperCollins after a bidding war involving six publishers. A source close to the negotiations, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the deal was worth $1 million. Author Vikram Chandra's previous books include "Red Earth and Pouring Rain" and "Love and Longing in Bombay."
January 7, 2007 |
WHAT do we make of Vikram Chandra and his 916-page detective novel "Sacred Games"? Published this past August in India, the U.K. and nine other countries and newly released in the United States, it seems utterly antithetical to our Age of Brevity.
July 20, 2008
Director AND producer Bart DeLorenzo has been busy in the Southland theater scene nonstop since he arrived from Massachusetts in the early '90s. He is the founding artistic director of the Evidence Room, where he helmed productions of "The Cherry Orchard," "Don Carlos," "Hard Times" and "Mayhem." He recently took on Joan Rivers in "A Work in Progress by a Life in Progress," and is currently directing "Shipwrecked!" at the Geffen.
January 14, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Joyce Carol Oates led the field of National Book Critics Circle finalists announced Saturday, with nominations in both fiction and autobiography categories. Oates was nominated in fiction for "The Gravedigger's Daughter," along with Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," which was passed over for a National Book Award nomination last fall.
April 23, 2008 |
It's hard not to judge Melanie Abrams' recently published debut novel by its cover. Against a background of sensually rumpled burgundy satin sheets is a head of sensually rumpled blond curls, looking downward, eyes in shadow, betraying no expression. Two pale arms stretch upward, spotlighted so they're nearly white, fists clenched, wrists tied with a dark green sash. To the left, the title swoons in matte gold script: "Playing." Abrams, 35, loves the cover. At her reading at Book Soup earlier this month, she flashed the book suggestively, like a trench-coated peddler of dirty magazines, and it won a titter from the crowd.