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A novel in verse makes shortlist for 2018 Man Booker Prize

A pair of debut novels, including one in verse, feature among six "miracles of stylistic invention" shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, judges of the British award announced on Thursday. "The Long Take" by poet Robin Robertson, commended as "a wholly unique literary voice and form", became the first book written in verse with photographs to vie for the prestigious prize. It chronicles a World War II veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder unable to return home to rural Nova Scotia and instead seeking…

Celebrated Urdu satirist Mushtaq Ahmed Yousufi passes away

KARACHI: Acclaimed Urdu satirist and humour writer Mushtaq Ahmad Yousufi passed away in Karachi on Wednesday. He was 94. Yousufi was considered one of the most celebrated satirist and humorist of his time. His famous works include Chiragh Talay, Khakam-ba-dahan, Zarguzasht, Aab-E-gum and Sham-e-Shahr-e-Yaaraan.  Born in a learned family of Jaipur, Rajasthan on 4 September 1923, Yusufi completed his early education in Rajputana and earned B.A. from Agra University while M.A. Philosophy and LL.B from Aligarh Muslim…

Iran, Pakistan to sign MoU for arts, literature cooperation

ISLAMABAD: Iran and Pakistan will formally sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) soon to enhance cooperation in the fields of literature, arts and culture. According to Iranian news agency IRNA, the cooperation was agreed between Pakistan's Adviser to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui and Cultural Counselor of Iranian Embassy in Pakistan Shahaboddin Daraei during a meeting. Shahaboddin Daraei invited the Pakistan PM's adviser to Tehran for signing the MoU. Mr. Siddiqui said…

Nobel prize winner’s book turned down by 19 publishers

PARIS: The French writer Claude Simon, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1985, would not be published today, according to an experiment conducted by one of his fans. Writer Serge Volle sent 50 pages of Simon's 1962 novel, "The Palace", set during the Spanish Civil War, to 19 French publishers. The verdict was damning: Twelve rejected it and seven didn't even bother to reply. One editor said that the book's "endlessly long sentences completely lose the reader", Volle told French public radio on Monday. Nor…

Demand surges for Nobel winner’s works in native Japan

TOKYO: The Japanese publisher of Nagasaki-born Kazuo Ishiguro said on Friday it would republish eight of the British author's books in translation, reporting "a huge number of orders" after he won the Nobel Literature Prize. Ishiguro left Japan when he was five and moved to Britain, only returning to visit his native land as an adult three decades later. Japan had been pinning its hopes on its best-known novelist Haruki Murakami to win the Nobel Prize but eagerly claimed a link to the British winner with Japanese…