Topic: August 2006
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8.25, Alvaro Mutis. 8.26, Julio Cortazar. 8.27, Jeanette Winterson. 8.28, Janet Frame.
JUST FOR FUN
[08.25.06]?Lipton Tea is celebrating its 100th anniversary in an artful way: they've commissioned Japanese design firm Nendo to create a cafe inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. You can visit the installation at the Ozone Living Design Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
[08.24.06]?It's widely understood how literary magical realism was likely birthed from a European fine arts movement led by Franz Roh. Lois Parkinson Zamora has written three new essays which address the relationship between the visual and the literary. [Source: Endicott Studio]
[08.24.06]?Did you know that Jorge Luis Borges has some poetry and nonfiction?two editions of Bibliotheque de la Pleiade?yet unavailable to the reading public? His widow and estate-controller, Maria Kodama, won't allow reproductions of the two vast tomes. Learn about the scandal here
[08.27.06]?The Women in Cages: Collected Stories by Vilas Sarang.?Writes Prasenjit Chowdhury for Deccan Herald? "The art of the willing suspension of disbelief gave way to magic realism mainly in the hands of the Latin American writers and beyond, the tribe of Borges and Marquez. But if you had always wanted an Indian writer to take up the literary cudgel for the best of what is largely a continental literary tradition, read Vilas Sarang?s The Women in Cages, a collection of 26 short stories that represent 30 of his 40 years? work in English and Marathi." Penguin Books, 2006
[08.24.06]?Before I Wake by Robert J. Wiersema (Random House Canada: August 2006)?Writes Jacqueline Turner for Straight.com: "An accident puts a three-year-old girl in a coma, and her parents struggle to cope. Discovering subsequently that she is a source of miracles is only one part of the novel?s many twists. The driver who caused the accident tries to commit suicide but is left in a kind of magic-realist limbo seeking, you guessed it, redemption."
[08.23.06]?Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke, will be adapted into a film starring Brendan Fraser by New Line Cinema.
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MR NEWS: DOUBLE ISSUE/NO COMMENT: Magical realist birthdays, Kafkesque Mantii?, Tea Party Installation, Lois Parkinson Zamora, exercise: writing the Truth, Borges's Widow, Vilas Sarang, Before I Wake, Komome Diner, Branden Fraser in Inkheart