Tag Archives: Milan Kundera

Soul Trading: how dirty words like entrepreneur are undergoing a digital-age makeover

Is it possible, in the second decade of the 21st century, to establish oneself as an author without also being an entrepreneur? NB: I use the word author rather than writer, the Latin root of the former meaning originator and … Continue reading

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Conspiracy theory & magic realist fiction – metaphor made literal

A friend whom I haven’t seen for three years (and wouldn’t know how to find if I tried to) – an environmental activist and vehement proponent of conspiracy theories – once left a wacky message on my answering machine: ‘Hi, … Continue reading

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How Not to Write a Pop Astrology Column

The Czech author Milan Kundera once wrote a pseudonymous astrology column. Black-listed after the Russians invaded his country in 1968, he’d been reduced to casting horoscopes to survive. So, while questioning its use as a predictive tool, Kundera writes with … Continue reading

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Sheltered From the Sky: the challenge of choice in a bubble

Around the 1992 northern winter solstice, my partner and I arrived in Cairo, having just made a pilgrimage to Mt Sinai, and with no plans to stay longer than needed to see the Cairo Museum. But on the first evening … Continue reading

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Deathless Prose or Dinosaur Droppings? – on the nature and fate of literary fiction

The exponential acceleration of the digital revolution, with all its trappings/traps (e-books, iPads, Kindles, apps etc.) has prompted a spate of public musings on whether or not the novel is dead – a phenomenon akin to what happened when music … Continue reading

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