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      C o m i n g S o o n !
      THE USE AND ABUSE OF LITERATURE
      Marjorie Garber
      Publisher: Anchor Books
      ISBN: 9780307277121
      Price: Rs. 499.00
      In this deep and engaging meditation on the
      usefulness and uselessness of reading in the
      digital age, Harvard English professor
      Marjorie Garber aims to reclaim “literature”
      from the periphery of our personal,
      educational, and professional lives and
      restore it to the center, as a radical way of
      thinking.
      But what is literature anyway, how has it
      been understood over time, and what is its
      relevance for us today? Who gets to decide
      what the word means? Why has literature
      been on the defensive since Plato? Does it
      have any use at all, other than serving as
      bourgeois or aristocratic accoutrements
      attesting to one’s worldly sophistication and
      refinement of spirit? What are the
      boundaries that separate it from its
      “commercial” instance and from other more
      mundane kinds of writing? Is it, as most of
      us assume, good to read, much less study-
      and what would that mean?
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      “An immensely readable yet vastly erudite
      reflection on the history of literary writing,
      literary criticism and the social value of
      both.” -The San Francisco Chronicle
      “Erudite and stimulating. . . . Garber is
      warmly clarifying and acerbically entertaining
      as she convincingly defends the academic
      study of literature as an essential facet of
      culture. . . . A welcome, wise, and edifying
      call back to literature itself rather than the
      paper versus digital debate.” -Booklist
      “Garber claims for literature a sort of stem
      cell-like power to generate fresh and new
      imaginative experiences in those who read
      it” -Associated Press
      “Garber seems to have read everything, and
      this book offers, in addition to seductive
      argument, a complete anthology of
      quotations and engagements with poets,
      playwrights, novelists, biographers and
      literary theorists. Her book is a testament
      not simply to Great Books but also to a great
      conversation between ourselves and the past
      and among ourselves as present readers.
      Why read? In the end, the answer to the
      question is as complex and compelling as
      ‘why live?’” -San Francisco Chronicle
      “If anyone is qualified to rescue literature
      from the threat of irrelevancy it’s Garber. . . .
      She simply knows everything there is to know
      about the history and practice of literature
      and criticism.” -Laura Kipnis, Wilson
      Quarterly Review
      “A leisurely and learned ramble through
      dozens, if not hundreds, of texts and
      topics.” -Boston Globe
      “Garber argues convincingly . . . that
      literature is ‘a status rather than a quality.’
      She provides elegant summaries of various
      reading methods that have gone in and out
      of academic fashion over the years, among
      them New Critical textual analysis,
      historicism and deconstruction, and she is
      sympathetic to each to varying degrees. Her
      final judgment . . . is that ‘it is how the story
      means, rather than what it means, that is
      the literary question.’ Garber is a sensitive
      guide to this how, explicating metaphor,
      allusion, self- reflection and other ways in
      which literary works go about meaning what
      they mean. Her own range of reference is
      astonishingly wide. . . . She provides an
      implicit proof of a point made explicitly in
      the book, that there need be no conflict
      between loving literature passionately and
      studying it academically.” -The New York
      Times Book Review
      “[Garber] succeeds brilliantly at
      demonstrating that true literary reading is
      the demanding task of asking questions, not
      of finding rules or answers. . . . Garber’s
      erudition serves to educate general readers
      willing to embark on a moderately difficult
      trek with an authoritative guide.” -Publishers
      Weekly, starred review
      “Chockablock with examples and in-depth
      analysis, this can be savored by academics
      and lay readers alike.” -Kirkus Reviews
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      Marjorie Garber is the William R. Kenan, Jr.,
      Professor of English and of Visual and
      Environmental Studies at Harvard University,
      and chair of the Program in Dramatic Arts.
      She has served as director of the Humanities
      Center at Harvard, chair of the department
      of Visual and Environmental Studies, and
      director of the Carpenter Center for the
      Visual Arts. A member of the Board of
      Directors of the American Council of Learned
      Societies and a trustee of the English
      Institute, she is the former president of the
      Consortium of Humanities Centers and
      Institutes, and a continuing member of its
      board. She is the author of sixteen books
      and has edited seven collections of essays
      on topics from Shakespeare to literary and
      cultural theory to the arts and intellectual
      life, including Shakespeare After All, which
      was acclaimed as one of Newsweek’s ten
      best nonfiction books of 2004 and received
      the 2005 Christian Gauss Award from the Phi
      Beta Kappa Society.

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      A capital crime. A chilling conspiracy.
      CELL8
      Roslund & Hellstrom
      Publisher: Quercus
      ISBN: 9781849161497
      Price: Rs. 325.00
      A convicted murderer dies awaiting
      execution on Ohio's death row. Six years
      later, the same man walks into a Stockholm
      police station. He's defeated death. He's
      played the unplayable system. And now
      Detective Superintendent Ewert Grens must
      discover how.
      A cheap crooner by the name of John
      Schwarz earns his keep on a ferry between
      Sweden and Finland, singing evergreens for
      drunken passengers. One night, he loses his
      temper with a man harassing women in the
      crowd, beating him unconscious. As drunken
      brawls are commonplace on the Baltic
      cruising ferries, no one raises an eyebrow.
      No one, that is, but Detective
      Superintendent Ewert Grens. Concerned by
      the details of the case report, Grens can't
      help but think someone capable of such
      violence must have a history of it.
      As a precaution, he orders Schwarz arrested:
      one that is seemingly justified when Schwarz
      provides such resistance that he has to be
      sedated. Suspicion turns to shock when
      Grens discovers that John Schwarz does not
      exist. When he learns that the man in his
      custody is in fact John Meyer Frey - an
      American citizen from Marcusville, Ohio - he
      is even more astonished. John Meyer Frey
      cannot be sitting in front of him: John Meyer
      Frey died on Death Row six years earlier.
      This mystery will initiate the most remarkable
      criminal investigation of Ewert Grens's
      career, the reverberations of which will
      reach the highest tier of international
      politics, and blow the worldwide debate on
      the death penalty wide open.
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      Award-winning journalist Anders Roslund
      and ex-criminal Borge Hellstrom are
      Sweden's most acclaimed fiction duo. Their
      unique ability to combine inside knowledge
      of the brutal reality of criminal life with
      searing social criticism in complex,
      intelligent plots has put them at the
      forefront of modern Scandinavian crime
      writing. Kari Dickson was born in Edinburgh,
      but grew up bi-lingually as her mother is
      Norwegian. She currently teaches in the
      Scandinavian department at the University of
      Edinburgh.

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      N o w O n S a l e
      The opening to a mindblowing new series
      from one of America's biggest thriller writing
      talents.
      THE KILLING HOUSE
      Chris Mooney
      Publisher: Penguin
      ISBN: 9780141049519
      Price: Rs. 299.00
      For all fans of Michael Connelly and Dennis
      Lehane, The Killing House is the amazing
      first novel in a stunning new series by Chris
      Mooney, author of the popular CSI Darby
      McCormick thrillers. It introduces fallen
      angel and former profiler Malcolm Fletcher
      who is forced to take the law into his own
      hands in order to uncover the truth in his
      terrifying first case.
      'If you want a thriller that will chill your
      blood, break your heart and make your
      pulse race, Chris Mooney is your man' -
      Mark Billingham
      Rule #1: Don't Scream
      Four years ago, Theresa Herrera's ten year-
      old son Rico was abducted. The police found
      little evidence and the case went cold.
      Theresa's husband has told her to move on,
      but she won't give up hope.
      Rule #2: Don't call the police
      Today a mysterious woman invaded
      Theresa's home and told her that Rico is
      alive. Theresa talks on the phone to a young
      man who is, without question, her son.
      Rule #3: Don't run. Don't fight
      The woman promises to reunite Theresa with
      Rico only if she will follow the rules. But it is
      the last rule that fills Theresa with
      horror . . .
      Rule #4: Kill your husband and your son will
      live. . .
      Malcolm Fletcher - a former FBI profiler and
      now the nation's Most Wanted fugitive -
      arrives in Colorado to help Theresa and her
      husband find their son. But his arrival
      coincides with a dangerous and shocking
      twist in the case.
      Barely surviving his first encounter with a
      suspect, Fletcher embarks on his own secret
      investigation, with the police just behind him
      every step of the way.
      Join Fletcher on his hunt and discover Chris
      Mooney's charismatic new series character
      in one of this year's most impressive new
      thriller series. Behind every door in The
      Killing House, death awaits you . . .
      ::
      Chris Mooney is the author of seven
      previous thrillers, of which Remembering
      Sarah was nominated for the prestigious
      Edgar Award for Best Novel. The Missing,
      The Secret Friend and The Soul Collectors
      are available as Penguin paperbacks. Chris
      lives in Boston with his wife and

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      C o m i n g S o o n !
      A fascinating and mind-bending journey
      through the science of time perception.
      TIME WARPED: Unlocking the Mysteries of
      Time Perception
      Claudia Hammond
      Publisher: Canongate Books
      ISBN: 9781847677907
      Price: Rs. 650.00
      Have you ever tried to spend a day without
      looking at a clock or checking your watch?
      It's almost impossible. Time rules our lives,
      but how much do we understand about it?
      And is it possible to retrain our brains and
      improve our relationship with it?
      Drawing on the latest research from the
      fields of psychology, neuroscience and
      biology, and using original research on the
      way memory shapes our understanding of
      time, the acclaimed writer and broadcaster
      Claudia Hammond delves into the mysteries
      of time perception.
      Along the way, Claudia introduces us to an
      extraordinary array of characters willing to
      go to great lengths in the interests of
      research, such as the French speleologist
      Michel, who spends two months in an ice
      cave in complete darkness. We meet one
      group of volunteers who steer themselves
      towards the edge of a stairwell, blindfolded,
      and another who are strapped into a
      harness and dropped off the edge of tower
      block.
      Time Warped shows us how to manage our
      time more efficiently, speed time up and
      slow it down at will, plan for the future with
      more accuracy and, ultimately, use the
      warping of time to our own advantage.

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      DC Books Thiruvananthapuram
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      A page-turning and yet profound novel from
      Japan's most decorated young writer. Winner
      of the Oe Prize and translated into English
      for the first time.
      THE THIEF
      Fuminori Nakamura
      Publisher: Corsair
      ISBN: 9781780339139
      Price: Rs.399.00
      A literary crime masterpiece that follows a
      Japanese pickpocket lost to the machinations
      of fate. Bleak and oozing existential dread,
      The Thief is simply unforgettable. The Thief
      is a seasoned pickpocket.
      Anonymous in his tailored suit, he weaves in
      and out of Tokyo crowds, stealing wallets
      from strangers so smoothly sometimes he
      doesn't even remember the snatch. Most
      people are just a blur to him, nameless faces
      from whom he chooses his victims.
      He has no family, no friends, no
      connections.... But he does have a past,
      which finally catches up with him when
      Ishikawa, his first partner, reappears in his
      life, and offers him a job he can't refuse. It's
      an easy job: tie up an old rich man, steal the
      contents of the safe. No one gets hurt.
      Only the day after the job does he learn that
      the old man was a prominent politician, and
      that he was brutally killed after the robbery.
      And now the Thief is caught in a tangle even
      he might not be able to escape.

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      KERALA'S GULF CONNECTION, 1998–2011:
      Economic and Social Impact of Migration
      K C Zachariah & S Irudaya Rajan
      Publisher: Orient BlackSwan
      ISBN: 9788125049357
      Price: Rs. 695.00
      This volume situates the phenomenon of
      migration from Kerala to the Gulf in its
      economic and social contexts. It is based on
      a comparative study made by the authors of
      migration surveys carried out in 1998, 2003
      and 2008. It looks at the changes migration
      has brought about in the lives of the families
      left behind by the migrant.
      It also carries a two-part epilogue. The first
      analyses panel data from the 1998 and 2008
      surveys.The second evaluates the results
      from the most recent survey conducted in
      2011 that throws light on migration during
      the global financial crises of 2008 and its
      aftermath on employment in the Middle East.

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      THE GREEN ROOM
      Wendell Rodricks
      Publisher: Rain Tree
      ISBN: 9788129120229
      Price: Rs. 595.00
      Epicurean, travel addict, voracious reader,
      art appreciator, astonishingly talented
      designer-Wendell Rodricks is a man who
      wears many hats. From growing up in a
      ‘glorified Bombay chawl’ crowded with
      eccentrics, to building homes in Muscat,
      Istanbul and the French Riviera; from
      quenching childhood hunger pangs with
      water, to feasting on the canard au sang at
      La Tour D’Argent in Paris; from falling in
      love with the man with whom he would sign
      a civil union, to putting his ancestral land of
      Goa firmly on the global fashion map; from
      being a novice in the hospitality industry, to
      exhibiting at Pret-a-Porter Salon de Paris
      and IGEDO, Dusseldorf; from designing
      clothes for his family, to dressing style icons
      such as Catherine Deneuve, Meg Ryan, Lisa
      Ray and Freida Pinto Wendell’s life has been
      an extraordinarily rich and exciting one.
      Peppered with wry observations and
      startling insights, The Green Room is not just
      the story of one man but also of the
      evolution of the Indian fashion industry over
      twenty-five years. It is both a deeply
      personal journey and a window into the
      enchanting yet fickle world of the rich and
      the famous, the beautiful and the neurotic,
      the gossips and the bores.
      Candid, irreverent and unfailingly
      entertaining, this is a memoir of the man
      who gave India minimalism, resort wear and
      eco-friendly clothing long before these
      words became fashionable. It is a sparkling
      piece of writing that tells the story of a
      fascinating life lived with unusual courage
      and flair.
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      Wendell Rodricks spent his childhood in
      Bombay and started his working life in
      Muscat. He then moved to Los Angeles and
      Paris to study fashion design and couture.
      He returned to India in 1988 and quickly
      gained repute as a designer, working with
      renowned brands such as Garden Vareli,
      Lakme and De Beers. He established his own
      label in 1990 and moved base in 1993 to
      Colvale, Goa.
      A pioneer in the world of Indian fashion,
      Wendell is considered one of the most
      influential designers in the country and has
      received international acclaim for his work.
      Wendell also writes about fashion and
      lectures on world costume history. His book
      on the history of Goan costume, Moda Goa,
      was published in 2012. He is passionate
      about art, music, literature, food, travel and
      Goa’s environment.
      Tells the story of how the sex, drugs and
      rock n roll generation changed the world for
      ever.

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      WILDINGS
      Nilanjana Roy
      Publisher: Aleph Book Company
      ISBN: 9788192328096
      Price: Rs. 595.00
      Nilanjana Roy’s dazzlingly original The
      Wildings zeroes in on the mysterious and
      danger-filled lives of cats in a Delhi
      neighbourhood. The narrative, like the
      domain it is set in, is strikingly unique, if you
      discount Indian-American writer Rajesh
      Parameswaran’s The Infamous Bengal Ming,
      about a lovesick tiger who mauls his
      zookeeper out of misplaced affection.
      But that was a short story. The Wildings is a
      full-fledged novel about both affection and
      animosity, neither of which is misplaced. It
      makes for compelling reading. Roy draws the
      reader quickly and effortlessly into the world
      of the feline creatures that live and wage a
      daily battle for survival in and around the
      alleyways and ruins of Nizamuddin. Prabha
      Mallya’s evocative black-and-white
      illustrations provide visual spine to the
      readable prose about the secret life of cats.
      The novel opens with a reference to Mara,
      an orange kitten that creates quite a stir in
      the wilds around the canal and the dargah.
      The loveable little ball of fur that has been
      adopted by a human household is no
      ordinary cat she is a Sender, blessed with
      powers of communication that go beyond
      mere “linking”, a telepathic web that enables
      cats to stay in touch with each other no
      matter how far they might stray from the
      clan.
      We are told: The cats of Nizamuddin were
      used to linking across long distances, as all
      animals in the wild did. Mews reached only
      so far; scents and whisker transmissions
      formed an invisible, strong web around their
      clan and dargah cats. But linking allowed
      them only to listen to each other. A true
      sending, where the Sender’s fur seemed to
      brush by the listener, its words and scents
      touching her listener’s whiskers, was rare.
      From time to time, strangers might breach
      the web, accidentally linking but it had been
      years since the Nizamuddin clan had a
      Sender in their midst, or had a sending as
      strong as this.
      The context is thus set for the chain of
      events that unfold in this remarkable
      parable about growing up, staying on one’s
      feet and discovering the true thrills of being
      a cat. Seen from a few inches off the
      ground, from under parked cars and from
      rooftops all from the POV of the cats the
      universe that Roy conjures up is magical, full
      of surprises and utterly exhilarating. The
      novel does have unnamed humans
      collectively called Bigfeet stomping about
      quite freely around here, but the core
      narrative space belongs squarely to the
      animals.
      The wildings are stray cats of the area. In a
      Shuttered House nearby is a bunch of feral
      felines, bloodthirsty and always spoiling for
      a bloody brawl. Among others, the
      Nizamuddin clan has Hulo, Beraal, Miao and
      Katar, besides Southpaw, the kitten for
      whom staying out of trouble is life’s biggest
      challenge.
      Some of the most gripping moments in The
      Wildings are provided by the Southpaw’s
      misadventures he is targeted by a cheel and
      a dog in quick succession. And then, in the
      Shuttered House, he finds himself in danger
      of being killed by the ferals, led by the
      ruthless white cat Datura.
      The novel proffers stories of many other
      animals Ozzy the tiger, Tantara the langur
      that is friends with Rudra the tiger cub, Kirri
      the mongoose, to name only a few but does
      not follow them through as the focus shifts
      to the central plot-line.
      The hostility between the wildings and the
      feral cats forms the crux of the novel.
      Beyond these skirmishes, the most intriguing
      passages are those that deal with Mara. She
      is looked upon with a great deal of suspicion
      by some members of the clan, which has
      little respect for “inside cats”, but she finds
      a protective mentor in Beraal and a friend in
      Southpaw.
      Life is a constant learning curve for these
      animals. When Southpaw is cornered by the
      feral cats, every scary second is a process of
      grasping the tricks of survival. Southpaw
      tried to remember what Katar had told him
      about using his whiskers to sense predators,
      but though he could raise his black whiskers
      up just as the tomcat had, he felt nothing in
      the air. He hadn’t learnt the finer points of
      sensing, and the kitten hoped his unseen
      enemies wouldn’t be able to guess how
      vulnerable he was.
      Later, Southpaw watches Mara make her first
      kill a large Atlas moth and then agonise over
      the act: “Mara put her head down on the
      floor and mewed sadly. She nudged the
      moth once with her mouth, willing it to
      come back to life. ‘I’M A BAD KITTEN, I
      DIDN’T MEAN TO KILL YOU MOTH. I’M SO
      SAD THAT I DID,’ she said forlornly. Living by
      her instincts, it is apparent, does not come
      easy to a house cat. But Southpaw is
      instantly impressed by “the speed with which
      (Mara) made her kill.
      If a debut novel can be equated with a cat’s
      first kill, The Wildings is as perfect a strike as
      Mara’s. Gripping, humorous and truly
      immersive, it is well worth a sequel.
      ::
      Nilanjana Roy spent most of her adult life
      writing about humans before realizing that
      animals were much more fun; The Wildings
      is her first novel. Her column on books and
      reading for the Business Standard has run
      for over 15 years; she also writes for the
      International Herald Tribune on gender. Her
      fiction and journalism have appeared in
      several journals and anthologies, including
      Caravan, Civil Lines 6, Guernica, the New
      York Times India blog, Outlook and Biblio.
      Some of her stories for children have been
      published in Scholastics Spooky Stories, &
      Science Fiction Stories and BeWitched. She is
      the editor of A Matter of Taste: The Penguin
      Book of Indian Food Writing. At one time,
      she used to blog as Hurree Babu at
      Kitabkhana, Indias first litblog; and some of
      her writing is available at Akhond of Swat
      (Akhond of Swat ).
      Nilanjana Roy lives in Delhi with two cats
      and her husband, and on Twitter at
      twitter.com/nilanjanaroy.

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