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by Aravind Adiga
Reading is integral to my life. And I think, in the end, we solve global problems not by launching missiles, it’s by launching ideas. So as a tool for understanding the world and for understanding how you can change the world, I find fiction incredibly important.
Many Latin American immigrants could tell us stories if we took the time to listen to them. The trouble is, if we did, and we really took these stories in, it would be much harder to rationalize the billions of dollars spent “securing the border” against a conveniently faceless menace.
For all the merits of these books, the question remains: is this literary boomlet an anomaly, a coincidence, or a harbinger?
Tiger Lit has never been so popular. Look at the number of award-winning fictions in the last decade in which tigers escape from zoos. All kinds of besotted, bombed-out, starving, mangy, metaphoric and misunderstood man-eaters are now on the loose.
Following on months of transition and many sleepless newborn nights, Murakami’s rare, strange story gave me back my human shape.
From The Wilderness’s bravura opening, recounted from the navigation seat of an old bi-plane soaring to dizzying heights, Harvey outlines the trajectory of all that is to follow.
Because of the IMPAC award’s global reach and egalitarian process, it’s always interesting to dig deeper into the longlist.
Four books move on to the Hall of Fame and six books debut on the list.