Ely Sakhai says that Jean Cocteau’s short novel “The holy terrors” (1929) summarizes all his favorite themes and obsessions – adolescence, fascination with angels, incest, death, fantastic and amazing, mirror, transcendence, ceremonies, isolation, secrets from another world – but also penetrates in some other genres. Furthermore, this literary work came out in a month, but during the drug rehabilitation treatment Cocteau was shaken by the death of a close friend, therefore “The holy terrors” combines the personal misery and despair.
The holy terrors
Ely Sakhai says that Jean Cocteau’s short novel “The holy terrors” (1929) summarizes all his favorite themes and obsessions – adolescence, fascination with angels, incest, death, fantastic and amazing, mirror, transcendence, ceremonies, isolation, secrets from another world – but also penetrates in some other genres. Furthermore, this literary work came out in a month, but [...]
William Dalrymple in his book summarizes twenty-five years of research and writing about India, says Ely Sakhai after reading “Nine lives”. Dalrymple succeeded to present the religious traditions in some kind of Indian Canterbury’s tales, where we dive deep into some world that is unconceivable for us. Dalrymple dives deep into people’s heart – torn [...]
According to Ely Sakhai, “Taksim” is a melancholic-meditative novel by Andrzej Stasiuk. This story will eventually turns into a gripping story about escape and exile. Wladek and Pawel are visiting some markets and bazaars in Southeast Europe with an old truck. They go a long way carrying around their second-hand clothes from “Paris-London-New York”. Wladek [...]
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According to Ely Sakhai, this novel won the Riverton award (this year) for the best Norwegian mystery novel of the year. Katrina Bratterud was cruelly murdered on the shores of the fjord, before the crack of dawn. Katrina was a girl with a dream. This beautiful woman had really bad past, and she was also [...]
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in Jamshedpur, India, says Ely Sakhai. He is an Indian novelist. He completed his studied philosophy and political science at Presidency College in Calcutta. He published three novels: “Gabriel Club (1998)”, “The Storyteller of Marrakesh (2011)” and “The Watch (2013)”. The first two novels have been translated into fourteen languages, and [...]
William Dalrymple in his book summarizes twenty-five years of research and writing about India, says Ely Sakhai after reading “Nine lives”. Dalrymple succeeded to present the religious traditions in some kind of Indian Canterbury’s tales, where we dive deep into some world that is unconceivable for us.
Dalrymple dives deep into people’s heart – torn between the fast modern living and ancient traditions. William Dalrymple was born in 1965 in Scotland. He graduated at the University of Cambridge. Furthermore, he was writing bestsellers for twenty-two years in Xanadu. Dalrymple was awarded for a great number of his books, but he also works as a critic, writer and travel writer for the New York Review of Books, The Guardian, New Statesman, New Yorker and Time. In addition, he worked on more travelogue shows and series for the BBC, describing mainly the culture, religion, history, and everyday life of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Middle East. After staying on several occasions in India, he decided to settle there. Dalrymple lives on a farm nearby New Delhi with his wife and three children. He traveled and performed all over the world with great number of the people (dancers, storytellers and musicians), who described in his book Nine Lives. Hi organizes the most prestigious literary festival in Asia, which is held in January in Jaipur.
“New Life” is a novel that opens new doors for the readers. This is one of the best books written by Orhan Pamuk. Osman is a student, who has the opportunity to discover new country, people, and scenes. But soon, his reality brings in front of him the Love. The name of his love is Janan. She is also follower of the Book, which incites its readers to abandon their everyday lives and embark on endless bus travel in search for the angel, who appears at the time of the accident. Click here to find out more.
According to Ely Sakhai, “Taksim” is a melancholic-meditative novel by Andrzej Stasiuk. This story will eventually turns into a gripping story about escape and exile.
Wladek and Pawel are visiting some markets and bazaars in Southeast Europe with an old truck. They go a long way carrying around their second-hand clothes from “Paris-London-New York”. Wladek and Pawel always have enough fuel just to reach the next destination. Furthermore, they sell their goods to multiethnic losers, who are still fighting for the Middle West and Far East garbage. They always succeed to sell these “already used rags” in this part of Europe. But soon, Wladek falls in love with the ticket-seller from the Slovak traveling circus. Moreover, these two friends will soon get involved in some criminal activities with human trafficking. So, the melancholic start of the novel will turn into a tense story about escape and exile.
One of the best Poland storytellers of our time includes some detailed geographical and historical descriptions of Eastern Europe. Stasiuk also let us peek into the future, and he takes us straight into the heart of the New World – Taksim. “Taksim” is another fascinating work of Andrzej Stasiuk, where he uses lyricism and brutality, landscapes and so much more.
In addition, Hanif Kureishi is the author of the novel “Intimacy”. The whole story takes place during one long night. “This is the saddest night, because I leave and I will never come back”. This painful and simple sentence is leading us straight into the controversial world of the famous British writer and novelist Hanif Kureishi.
Jay is a middle-aged award-winning writer, a member of the baby-boom generations, and family guy and trendy Londoner, who suddenly decides to leave his wife and their two children. This is a short and dense story, which happens in one night. When leaving, Jay tries to amend things with Susan. Click here to find out more.
According to Ely Sakhai, this novel won the Riverton award (this year) for the best Norwegian mystery novel of the year. Katrina Bratterud was cruelly murdered on the shores of the fjord, before the crack of dawn. Katrina was a girl with a dream. This beautiful woman had really bad past, and she was also a former drug addict. She was one of those, who reached for both the shine and misery of Oslo, and also one of the few who did not managed to escape form Oslo’s chains. But what was the reason of her death?
Kjell Ola Dahl is the sole Scandinavian author who succeeded to combine a fascinating plot and brilliant literary style in his novels. He seems to know the secrets of the human psyche, but also the latest police methods. All this elements fit perfectly in this classic mystery-crime novel that is enriched by humor and some critiques towards the Contemporary Western society. This thrilling story leads us to the hidden, dark side of their society being, and indicates its most important elements. Here, we are meeting once again the Chief Inspector Gunnarstrand and his assistant Frank Frolich, an exciting investigators duo (from the novel “The man in the window”).
As in his previous novels, in this book, Dahl is also presenting a classic police novels and a novel that criticizes the society. This combination will attract more readers – as one fascinating and entertaining piece of work. All this is combined with the sarcastic comments of the two detectives who expose the absurdities of Norwegian society. This is an excellent Norwegian detective story. Kjell Ola Dahl had successfully merged tense action with realistic and charming characters. Dahl reined masterfully with the language, and the dialogues are often perfect. All in all, this is a real masterpiece. Click here to find out more about Kjell Ola Dahl.
Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya was born in Jamshedpur, India, says Ely Sakhai. He is an Indian novelist. He completed his studied philosophy and political science at Presidency College in Calcutta. He published three novels: “Gabriel Club (1998)”, “The Storyteller of Marrakesh (2011)” and “The Watch (2013)”. The first two novels have been translated into fourteen languages, and “The Watch” was released in the U.S., Canada, UK and Australia.
The roman “The Watch” is his last book. This roman is based on Sophocles’s Antigone. The author forgot to divide its characters into good and bad. This is really shocking and disturbing roman that matches the classic Greek tragedy with the paradigm of modern Middle Eastern wars. Therefore, the war in Afghanistan is totally revealed and exposed, human tragedy, that abounds with political, ethnic and religious differences. After, they spent whole night fighting at the isolated U.S. base in Kandahar; the exhausted soldiers will face a completely new challenge. An unknown woman wearing burqa arrived in front of their base, and asked the soldiers to return her the body of her deceased brother, so that she could bury him according to the Muslim tradition. The soldiers will ask her whether she is a Taliban spy or suicide bomber. In addition, they also took into consideration the possibility that she could actually be a grieving sister. The tension among the soldiers will rise gradually. Meanwhile, each of them will reconsider its own compassion and values.
There is no classic villain; just some people in the middle of conflict. And they all fight for justice. That is precisely the real meaning of the tragedy described in this book. “The Watch” is the first great novel about the war in Afghanistan. All the things considered, this is a great book that you should not miss. Click here to find out more about this book.
This is a thrilling novel with interesting characters and hilarious events in an effort to put things in order, suggest Ely Sakhai. Guillaume Musso is a French writer, who is widely known for its bestseller books.
Just a few months ago, Tom Boyd was mega-popular writer. His titles sold in over a million of copies and the man happily fell in love with a globally famous pianist. However, after they ended their relationship, Tom started fighting against the lack of inspiration. Afterwards, he felt into despair, and started overdosing himself with alcohol and pills. Suddenly, one night when Tom was at home, appeared a naked unknown beauty. She said her name was Billie. It was the same heroine of his last novel, who comes to the real world because of typographical errors in his book. Although her words sounded incredible, Tom realized that she is a real reflection of his heroine Billie. She offered him a deal: To write his new novel, then she will be able to return to the world of fiction. But in return, she will help him to win back his beloved Aurora. So what they have to lose?
Tom Boyd has became very popular, after he published the first two volumes of a trilogy about angels – Accompanied by angels and the Memory of an angel. But despite this mega-success, Mr. Ely Sakhai thinks that things are not going well for Tom. The third part of the trilogy is set up at the very beginning after Tom’s love story with French pianist Aurora Valancourt finished in front of the public. After, Tom broke up with Aurora, he stopped writing. When he thought that the things couldn’t get worse, all his money was in danger. He feared of losing his money. In this chaotic situation appears Billie, the heroine of Tom’s novel.
This is a very exciting novel with interesting characters filled with thrill. Can Tom conquer again the heart of his Aurora and complete the third part of the trilogy? This is a book about friendship, about what is truly important in life. This is a modern novel where the main protagonists travel from Los Angeles to Mexico, France, and Rome – including a number of places in between – looking for the right solutions to the problems. To sum up, it is a great novel that you should not miss, says Mr. Sakhai.
In the U.S. was significantly increased the number of official city poets, says Ely Sakhai.
In recent months, seven U.S. cities (from Houston and Los Angeles all the way to a small Fresno) have appointed an official city poet. Now a total of 35 major cities (and 6 states) have its official poets.
The so-called Poet Laureate is paid to sung urban spaces and highlight local virtues. The mayor of Fresno poetically noted that these poets are helping the city to get better terms, and that they “manage to capture the essence of our community, connect us to the community and introduce our community to the outside world”.
However, it is not entirely clear why the sudden increase in the number of official poet took place at this very moment. It is still questionable whether it is about the great importance of poetry in the U.S. or is it an attempt of disposal of authors who have graduated from one of the many studies in creative writing. Or, perhaps, on both, says Mr. Sakhai.
Dr. Peter Radley with his wife Helen and the two children took refuge from the busy city of London to a provincial town called Bishopthorpe, where everyone lives a seemingly ordinary life, starts Ely Sakhai. Radleys are eminent members of their exclusive community and live according the rules of The Manual of abstainers (whose basic instruction says: Behave like a normal human being). But this couple has a little secret, which they have not even told to their fifteen year old daughter or her seventeen year old son Rowan that they are in fact vampires.
In fact, all the “normal” vampires live among ordinary people as vegetarians, and others have a secret deal with the British government on a quiet tolerance as long as their thirst for blood is satisfied by removing undesirable people from the face of earth. But among them also exist and vampires that choose their victims neglecting the law and agreement.
Peter has long suspected that his brother Will might be one of those and because of that tries to stay away from any encounter with him. But when an unwanted incident awakens the vampire blood in Clare, it seems that Radleys have no other choice but to ask Will for help. Complications that follow after this will make this, at the beginning witty novel, become a suspense thriller in which two young rapidly growing Radleys become a central theme of the struggle between good and evil, says Ely Sakhai.
Matt Haig has offered all the vampire literature fans an entirely original work of this genre, with references to vampire pop culture and thoughtful insights into the nature of morality and identity of young adults.
Douwe Draaisma is distinguished Dutch professor of psychology and the author of “Why Life Speeds Up as You Get Older” ( Published on December 22, 2008). He has written an excellent book “The Nostalgia Factory” where he is connecting the knowledge and the facts from the fields of psychology, philosophy, neuroscience and literature says Ely Sakhai. In this book is written that the wisdom is coming with the ages, but before, there is forgetfulness. And because of that, people are using everything possible to keep their fresh memories. There are exercise for the brain, vitamin products etc.
However, there are a lot of questions whether the memory is going to rehearse and is the forgetfulness “hand in hand” with the age. Going in the tiniest details of the established understanding of the brain, Draaisma is standing for ageing memory and emotionally is breaking down the true story about the things that are passing.
Draaisma, on very subtly, convincingly and poignant way is describing the age and its ills. He is talking about the elusiveness of memory, forgetfulness and of nostalgia for a world that still is existing only in the memories. But he is also telling the tale of the unexpected pleasures that gives the ageing memory as the so-called effect of reminiscence when the childhood memories are appearing more intense than before. The section which is related with the autobiographical memory is truly fascinating because it is revealing that every human being in his own recollections apparatus has an ‘autobiography acts’ from the early age and as professor Sakhai is saying this form of remembering can be re-evoked on the easy or the hard way.
“The Nostalgia Factory” is funny, exciting and educational book where the author is explaining that the time is affecting to the memory but memory is also affecting to the time.
I think it was the American writer Jonathan Franzen who said that a first thing writer has to do before starts to write is turn off the internet. I could check on internet whether it is true or my memory deceives me, but in the context of this text, it would not make much sense, says Ely Sakhai.
Although it would be quite pretentious and pointless to write text on the importance of the Internet for literature today, the books on this subject could fill the Trinity College Library, we can at least ask how much the Internet is useful when it comes to advices about how writers should write.
When talking about literary genres, types, shapes and smaller genres theorists rarely give autonomy to the kind of texts in which writers, mostly older and more successful writers, which is quite logical, give advice to younger authors. Texts of this type are usually stuffed in various drawers, depending, of course, from the form and manner in which the author presents his advice. These texts for example, can be part of a writer’s poetic work, which was quite often from 16th and by the end of the 19th century, can be sorted in his ‘journalism’ or the writer’s correspondence, in the case of epistolary form, which was not that rare in certain literary epochs. Therefore, the person who takes pleasure in reading this type of articles were often pleasantly surprised when they accidentally came across to ‘advice for young writers’ in writers’ works. Some of these texts are part of the work of great writers, like Diderot, or Rilke and sometimes the reader finds them randomly and treats them as a literary treasure.
It goes without saying that today things are no longer like in those times. Just type in the search engine something like “advice to writers” or something similar, and you’ll get thousands and thousands of tips from every living and non-living person who wrote anything in this context. The Internet as a phenomenon has brought a major change in terms of advising writers how to how to access literary texts, end Ely Sakhai.
Samosanacija by Suzana Matic is a narcissistic and therapeutic review about Tessa K, says Ely Sakhai. It is her first book and it is a blog in a gross version that she created continually, not only in the nights and insomnia. This book is determining her poetics and genre.
You cannot determine what kind of posts is writing Suzana, says Eli Sakhai. All her posts are something between poetry and prose. The author of this book is admitting that the sleeping for her is a ‘power… some amazing skill… “. Her insomnia is precisely, “entre chien et loup” (between dog and wolf). This expression is indicating of the time of the day just before the dark falls down, when the light is so low that it is impossible to distinguish a wolf from a dog.
The texts from Samosanacija are diary created. Actually they are conversations with herself and they are showing a whole luxurious and nuanced personal mythology, a planet that is not holding the Atlas than the heart, and which is turning by the words and emotions. The author’s internal lyrically dialogues were amplified and unmistakably in a quiet and gallantly striving towards circumventing paradoxical point. She is using a penchant narrative which pulls back from the time of the Greek myths.
Twins Henk and Helmer, came always in that order; Helmer was older, but Henk was faster, starts Ely Sakhai. All the time they were inseparable until Henk met Riet, and until Rilet’s car, together with her tumbled into the lake.
On the day of his brother’s death, Helmer, by his father’s demand left his literature studies and went to a small family farm where began to live a quite life – a life that was not meant for him.
But can a man get back to the life that was once his, but slipped away through his fingers?
The action take us some thirty-five years later when Helmer moves his elderly father to a room on the top floor, and with a tangle of bitterness, anguish and reproach things start to unravel when once again Helmer is brought to Van Wonderen’s home by Riet and Henk – her eighteen-year old son.
The Twin is Gerbrand Bakker’s ode to the Dutch landscape, plains and the endless sky above it. It is a novel whose seductive tension rests on a seemingly simple language, narrative voice and fascination from the indestructible desire for fulfillment, adds Ely Sakahi.
“Gerbrand Bakker’s The Twin is one of those rare works that everyone should read” – (The Irish Times)
“This is a quiet book, with demurred tones and fine, self-underestimating humor. Bakker’s characters are real – equally lost and confused, and strongly silent” – (Times Literary Supplement)
“A strange, unforgettable novel“- (The Guardian)
“Life, death, loneliness, lost dreams – we have heard that story so many times, but Bakker managed to narrate it in such fresh way like it was just made up. The dialogues are like sparks in a gloomy gray landscape” – (Die Zeit)
“A brilliant and extremely subtle novel” – (The Independent)
“The secret of Bakker’s book lies in its fine tuning on each of its parts, and in the perfect rhythm of the story” – (The New York Review of Books)
For more than ten thousand years, the marriage and the whole idea of marriage are the basis of society. In her book, Susan Squire reveals the turbulent history with many implications of our most fundamental institution, says Ely Sakhai.
Starting with the discovery, long before there was any record of the time, that sex leads to conception and paternity (and thus automatically to partnership), and consequently leading us to emergence of the modern marriage from love, the author reveals many ways of men and women pairings and shows exactly how their union influenced history, society, politics, religion, and the very idea of a household.
From Adam and Eve, to the Renaissance and beyond, Squire will explain the history and importance of marriage. We learn that men of Athens had hetaeras (courtesans) to entertain them, concubines for their everyday needs and their wives who bore legitimate children to them. Women from Rome, on the other hand, learned how to use their power to influence men’s ruling in the society.
Has the famous Kennedy quote flipped itself around? – Ely Sakhai
How should the state of the third millennium look like is the question which this book deals with. Author is the well known Prince Hans-Adam II of Liechtenstein, the head of state, which is more than two decades at the top of the constitutional monarchy. Prince Hans-Adam observes the state from several vantage points: as a monarch, as a businessman active in multiple continents, and as a historian who has thoroughly researched the impact of military technology, transport links and economic functioning of the state.
The book “The State in the Third Millennium” analyzes the forces that shape the destiny and the position of mankind in the past and especially in the future. Here Prince Hans-Adam II is developing strategies how is able in the third millennium everywhere in the world to make a democratic constitutional states. In addition the Prince presents interesting and stylish concept which states that citizens should not serve the country, but – contrary to Kennedy’s famous dictum – that the state should become an effective enterprise services to its citizens.
This book builds on Viktor’s Zmegac previous big hits – SMS Essays and Philosopher Plays Football, published in a same edition: distinctive with its neatly permeated essayistic for along with a casual tone of storytelling, free from professorial teaching, even when talking about very serious subjects – says Ely Sakhai.
The basic thesis of Zmegac is that the modern era of world’s history is marked with far extremes. On one hand, today’s technological revolution is based on the strong progress of science and rationalist philosophy, and on the other hand the social life, every day is confronted with strong manifestations of irrationalism. And sometimes we even come across with the utter barbarism that uses superior technology products.
As Ely Sakhai says, this book came as a result of the many years William Dalrymple spent while researching and writing about India.
In his book, Dalrymple summarizes some twenty five years of research and writing about India and its religious traditions, and presents some Indian Canterbury stories that introduce us with humans in a different way while take us deep into the worlds which we find difficult to imagine they exist:
- Buddhist priest lays down his arms in order to counter China’s invasion of Tibet and spend the rest of his life atoning his past violence by printing the best prayer flags which could be found throughout India.
- A Jain nun starts to doubt her own ability to uplift herself above the earthly world, while her best friend is dying of hunger.
Love hurts – that’s been known for always, says Ely Sakhai. Men have fought wars in the name of love, women locked themselves into monasteries, poets suffered, and the musicians were willing to do everything for love. But scientists believe that love never hurt more than it is today.
If you have also experienced the agony of intimate relationships, and wonder why love hurts, Eva Illouz can answer many of your confusing love questions.
In this sociological study, one of the leading intellectuals of our time says that pain from lost love is not only as a result of our wounded psyche. On the contrary, she locates the cause of this pain in Hollywood, capitalism and the Internet that have caused utter chaos in our love lives, and we turned ourselves into love consumers. Constantly pushing our autonomy and individualism towards the pedestal, slowly we become compulsive buyers who constantly make a comparison between the demand and supply, and look for a better choice in the market of love. Why love hurts, as an emotional atlas of modern love, offers a way out of that vicious circle of pain and tries to redefine the values of love.