Murmurings and Mimicries
Still my old self. Ready to knock one back. — Seamus Heaney That one must follow the heart’s desire has been acknowledged as an unsullied truth. It is a tenet of an idealist vein, which presupposes that humans bear a core of truth in them. A person who takes the wager with this wisdom is… Read more
Barnes’ fictional account of Dmitri Shostakovich’s life delves into the heart of the issue of artistic and moral integrity. In the case of Shostakovich, as a Russian classical composer during Stalin’s reign, the delicacy of such integrity is tested and underscored under the pressure of ideological coercion. Barnes’ novel, in its audacity, undertakes the hard… Read more
Recall our snappy childhood chants, those banters where words seem random, but how deliciously nonsensical their strings of words? In Julian Barnes’ satirical novel, what is nonsensical makes sense. Martha, as a child, had a peerless one, worthy of the book: Alfalfa, who farts in Devon, Bellowed be thy name. Thy wigwam… Read more
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