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Interview: 'Assassins' Author Tarun J. Tejpal Exposes India's Gritty Underbelly

Author and journalist Tarun Tejpal talks to an audience during the Kathmandu Literary Jatra in Kathmandu on September 16, 2011. (Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I just wanted to tell the story I wanted to tell — as uncompromisingly as I could," says the author of a savage new novel about India's underclass. Appearing at Asia Society New York this Thursday, October 4.

Re-Reading Pearl Buck's 'The Good Earth'

Pearl S. Buck's 'The Good Earth' was published in 1931 and awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1932. Buck received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1938.
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The 1931 novel has its faults, but it deserves a spot on the bookshelf of anyone heading to the Chinese countryside for the first time who wants to know a bit about the history of Chinese peasant life, writes Maura Cunningham.

Interview: M.A. Farooqi Wrestles with Big Themes, Emerges Triumphant in New Novel

Cover art for 'Between Clay and Dust' (2012) by Musharraf Ali Farooqi. (Aleph Book Company)
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Multitalented Musharraf Ali Farooqi brings an indelible new story to life in his latest novel — and meanwhile resurrects some of South Asia's grandest old stories in his translations.

Interview: Translator Motoyuki Shibata on Manga, Murakami and Monkey Business

Motoyuki Shibata at Asia Society New York in December 2010.
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Japan's master translator, a one-man conduit between American and Japanese literature, shares his thoughts on both literary cultures. Shibata appears with a panel of American and Japanese writers at Asia Society New York this Sunday, May 6.

Exile Now Even Lonelier: Chinese Poet Says London Book Fair Excludes Dissident Voices

Exiled Chinese poet Bei Ling at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair. (Ekko)
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Chinese poet Bei Ling says the London Book Fair's celebration of China is shutting out some of its most important dissident voices in the name of money.

Video: Chinese Author Murong Xuecun Talks Government (and Self) Censorship

Chinese author Murong Xuecun speaks during the Chindia Dialogues at Asia Society in New York on Sunday, November 6, 2011. (Elsa Ruiz)
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Before he was featured on the front page of the New York Times, the 37-year-old novelist spoke at Asia Society in New York. Click the headline to read and watch.

Jeffrey Wasserstrom on Yu Hua's 'China in Ten Words'

Yu Hua (Courtesy of Fabrica)
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Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews the latest work by Chinese author Yu Hua, who participates in Asia Society New York's Chindia Dialogues this week.

'Chindia Dialogues' Speaker Amitav Ghosh Featured on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show

'River of Smoke' author Amitav Ghosh, appearing at Asia Society New York on Nov. 3, 2011. (Frederick Noronha/Flickr)
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Discussing the background for his new book, the acclaimed historical novelist comments, "In general, the reality of the opium trade, the part it played in forming modern capitalism and the modern world, is just obscure and occluded."

Interview: Author Tahmima Anam Asks, Who Is the 'Good' Muslim?

Tahmima Anam, author of <i>The Good Muslim</i>. (Zahedul I. Khan)
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Bangladeshi novelist Tahmima Anam won worldwide acclaim for her 2007 novel A Golden Age, the first volume in a planned "Bengal Trilogy" that follows one family from the period just before Bangladesh's war for independence, in 1971, through the subsequent decades.

Interview: Waqas Khwaja, The Translator as Ambassador

Detail of cover art for <i>Modern Poetry of Pakistan</i> (Dalkey Archive, 2011).
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In Pakistan, explains Waqas Khwaja, being a poet has always entailed a special responsibility.