Mock Essays on Fiction, Poetry and Movies

Murmurings and Mimicries

  • On Barnes’ Noise and Music and My Meandering about Artistic Integrity

    September 15, 2019 by

    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

  • A Bit on Replica and Barnes’ Satirical Novel

    September 15, 2019 by

    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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