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    When literature becomes light

    Life, Kong Rithdee, Published on 23/07/2018

    » Haruki Murakami's books exert a strange pull that's earned him a devoted following around the world -- and Thailand is no exception. One foot planted in the reality of the modern world, the other trudging through a surreal dreamland as the ground beneath his characters' feet keeps shifting, Murakami entrances and confuses, lulls and hallucinates. His novels and short stories also occupy that exclusive territory in the literary world: he's a best-selling author who's also every bookmaker's favourite to win the Nobel Prize. He's also one of a few post-war Japanese writers whose style and substance transcend cultural and national boundaries.

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    A master storyteller, heir to the greats and entirely sui generis

    Life, Published on 20/07/2018

    » In a famous Hindu parable, three blind men encounter an elephant for the first time and try to describe it, each touching a different part. "An elephant is like a snake," says one, grasping the trunk. "Nonsense; an elephant is a fan," says another, who holds an ear. "A tree trunk," insists a third, feeling his way around a leg.

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    Grisham winner

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 28/06/2018

    » To add insult to injury, the Third Reich spent not a single mark of the German taxpayers' money on the ghettos, death camps, gas chambers or crematoria. There was no budget for the Holocaust. The expenses were covered by money stolen from the Jews themselves.

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    Action-packed

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 15/06/2018

    » When a popular author passes away, his/her estate seeks a replacement to keep generating income. Hopefully, one who can step into the shoes with nary a squeak. Alas, there have been more than a few squeaks and the replacement -- a competent scribe for the stories he's accustomed to writing -- is unable to make the change. The estate may try others with the same result.

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    Bibliophilia: Five havens for bookworms

    Guru, Eric E Surbano, Published on 15/06/2018

    » Did you know that Thailand was named the World Book Capital by Unesco in 2013? Maybe we should instead ask : can you believe Thailand was named the World Book Capital by Unesco in 2013? Whether you believe it or not, it's true. Now bookstores are a common sight in malls but we usually know them by a Japanese name and another name that specifies a continent of the world. However, those aren't the only places a bookworm can find refuge at. There are a number of places right here in the Big Mango that book lovers will absolutely adore. This week, we have picked out some of our favourites.

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    Targeted billionaires

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 08/06/2018

    » When a rich man meets his maker, I pause for few moments, not to mourn his life but to wonder what becomes of his wealth. Of no use to him now, is it buried with him? Like the pharaohs, he intends for it to accompany him in his next life? Is it inherited by his son? To do what with?

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    Seminal American novelist Philip Roth dead at 85

    AFP, Published on 23/05/2018

    » NEW YORK: Grand man of American letters Philip Roth, a fierce and prolific talent who achieved fame with the sexually explicit "Portnoy's Complaint" in 1969, has died at 85, US media reported Wednesday.

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    Good cops, bad cops

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Few things are more disheartening than learning that those sworn to protect us from society's predators are corrupt, indeed evil themselves. Then who are the good guys, if any? Many a crime novelist raises this question without presenting a satisfactory solution.

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    A bright spark

    Life, Parisa Pichitmarn, Published on 18/05/2018

    » Upon first meeting, Prof Yongyuth Yuthavong comes across as the sort of intelligent, all-knowing grandfather we'd all like to have and it's no surprise that he's something of a superstar in the world of science.

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    Nothing to prove

    Life, Published on 17/05/2018

    » When Amer Hlehel first saw the name Taha Muhammad Ali on a book, he asked his brother, a novelist, who he was. "Why do you live if you don't know Taha?" was his brother's reply.

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