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The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln

The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail, remains to this day, one of the most successful conspiracy theory books ever written. What makes it so controversial? 

LATEST HIGHLIGHTS

Which new books will you discover in August? 

Designing “Lolita” makes one examine the lust for literature, the lust for design, and the subject of the book itself – which is lust

In this provocative, sarcastic and powerful essay, Ursula Le Guin examines gender stereotypes, feminism and identity

BOOK REVIEWS & ESSAYS

Hippie by Paulo Coelho
Hippie, Paulo Coelho’s most autobiographical book, is a nostalgic trip down memory lane about his days as a hippie, and is a beautiful story about friendship, love, the search for meaning and realizing that getting closer to oneself demands many tough choices. 


Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
Red Sorghum is a novel about the brutal terror, pillage and rape that innocent civilians had to face in the dark days of the Chinese civil war and the Sino-Japanese war in the 1930s. 
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Once upon a time, six human species roamed the Earth. Now, only one does. What happened to the others? How did Sapiens gain dominance of the entire world? How did we progress through history, build empires, become a global community that we are today? More importantly, what does it truly tell us about ourselves and where we are headed? 


Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini
War. Destruction. The never after. In Sea Prayer, a beautifully written, poignant piece, Khaled Hosseini commemorates the death of Alan Khurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed ashore the coast of Turkey in 2015 as he tried to flee a war-torn Syria, by way of the sea. The image of Alan’s lifeless body sparked a massive emotional response, opening the eyes of the rest of the world to the horrors of the Syrian situation and the trauma of refugees.

FEATURES

The Bibliophile’s Affair With Instagram
“Don’t judge a book by its cover”. And yet, a lot of Instagrammers are obsessed with showing us their reads. Is this plain vanity? Or does it speak of a deeper love?

Why Celebrate Literature
In an age where ‘Netflix and chill’ is the preferred weekend pursuit (don’t get us wrong, we indulge in it too), the question we are asking is – Does literature have any value today?

INTERVIEWS

Alenka Sottler: On Faces on Covers, Book Illustrations and Slovenia

Alenka Sottler, an award-winning Slovenian painter and illustrator, talks about her love for painting and literature, the art of illustration and the immense power that depicting human faces on book covers can have on readers.

Dr. Mini Chandran: On Literary Censorship in India

We spoke to Dr. Mini Chandran, a professor at IIT Kanpur and an expert on literary censorship to understand its state in India, the circumstances in which it thrives and the true cost of it on writers.

Rajendra Nagar: On Linguistic Fossils, Literature and The Human Race

Rajendra Nagar, a historian and writer talks about the importance of literature, how it has shaped the human race and how a single word brought about all the stories we know, speak of and create today. 

WRITER’S DESK

How Foreshadowing Can Elevate Your Story
Great storytelling is more just a great story idea. If it’s not written well, the reader is unlikely to be entertained enough to want to read through till the end of your novel. This where a literary device like foreshadowing can lend massive depth to your plot, to the characters and to the dramatic effect, something you cannot afford to leave out if you want your readers to be hooked to your book. 
The Technique Of Writing A Novel Using Sideshadowing
Sideshadowing allows the reader to stop looking at the narrative and its timeline linearly and instead consider the set of alternate possibilities, viewing time as “open” just as in real life. 
Gothic Fiction is Not Horror. Not Always.
To my mind, for a number of years, the gothic genre meant horror. Eerie looking witches. Haunted castles. High-pitched screams. Dark. Damp. Depressing. But that’s not all that the genre is.

IDEAS. INSIGHTS. INTERESTINGNESS.

Of B&B is a magazine where we explore and examine literature with readers and writers, illustrators and publishers, speakers and scientists. From book reviews to studying the lives (sometimes rosy, sometimes tumultuous) of those who bring these books to life, we attempt to bring in-depth, unbiased narratives from the world of literature and literary criticism to you. Our commentary is based on both Indian as well as International works. From best-selling writers to bibliophiles, from critics to fans, from paperback purists to ebook enthusiasts, we hope to bring everyone into a single fold to obsess intellectually over matters of literature.
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