The book in my hand: January 22, 2017
I am reading Jan-Werner Mullers What is Populism?, a sharp analysis of the anti-pluralist ideologies of populist leaders who claim to speak for a homogenous people, and Jeet Thayil’s collection of 60 Indian Poets, which is pure pleasure put together with a poet’s love of his craft and its masters.
Last I read The Lazarus Project, a novel about cruelty, truth and loss by Aleksandar Hemon, and Ben Lerner’s 10.04, a brilliantly witty contemplation on art, food, class and much else. Next I’d like to read Hannah Arendt’s Men in Dark Times, an appropriate book to reread at this moment, along with Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Nehru’s 1936 Autobiography.
Sunil Khilnani is a scholar of Indian history and politics and writer.
At the moment I’m revisiting a guide book on Le Pont du Gard, the great Roman bridge and aqueduct in France. I was also reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix to my kids (and my wife!). It’s something we do at home most days after school, but we were reading it recently when we were travelling through India, which was very special. The last book I read was Barbarian Days by William Finnegan. I loved it not only for its descriptions of surfing and travel, but because he could so easily have been writing about writing.
Markus Zusak is the author of ‘The Book Thief’ among other books.
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