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Book Excerpt: 'The Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42'

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A cautionary tale of 19th-century imperial hubris that still resonates today. In-person appearances by William Dalrymple upcoming at Asia Society New York and Asia Society Northern California.

Interview: Debut Indian Author Dismantles Stereotypes Through Storytelling

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Janice Pariat's debut collection of short stories dismantles stereotypical notions of India's Northeast as an ethereal place surrounded by impregnable jungles and hills, untouched by time and modernity.

Photos: Inaugural Lahore Literary Festival Draws Major Names and Capacity Crowds

The crowd inside the Alhamra Art Center in Lahore, Pakistan on February 23, 2013, Day 1 of the inaugural Lahore Literary Festival. (Saad Sarfraz Sheikh)
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A successful two-day event in Pakistan's cultural capital leads to speculation that literary festivals just might be the country's "new soft power."

In 2013, Literature Festival Provides 'Healing Touch' for Troubled Karachi

In 2013, the Karachi Literature Festival grew to three days' worth of events and attracted approximately 15,000 attendees. (Annie Ali Khan)
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A festival devoted to reading and writing becomes a political statement in a city where bomb blasts, like thunderstorms, have become part of the natural order.

Interview: Novelist Mohsin Hamid Wants You to Get 'Filthy Rich' in a Rising Asia

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Introducing his new book at the Karachi Literature Festival, one of Pakistan's leading younger novelists says, "You have to find new ways of telling stories."

Interview: Novelist Hari Kunzru on Mo Yan, Misogyny and National Indentity

Hari Kunzru at a book signing of his novel
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"I consider Indians writing in English as writers, first and foremost," says award-winning author and journalist Hari Kunzru. In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10.

Interview: Novelist Manu Joseph Explores Family Happiness, 'Illicit' and Otherwise

Novelist Manu Joseph at the World's Literature Festival in Norwich, England on June 23, 2011. (Writers' Centre Norwich/Flickr)
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Award-winning novelist Manu Joseph says of his latest book, The Illicit Happiness of Other People, "I haven't made up anything." In-person appearance at Asia Society New York on January 10 and at Asia Society Texas Center on January 15.

Politics and the Chinese Language: What Mo Yan's Defenders Get Wrong

The 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan of China reads during a public reading of his works at Aula Magna, at Stockholm University, on December 9, 2012. (Fredrik Sandberg/AFP/Getty Images)
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The New York Review of Books' Perry Link re-enters the energetic debate over the awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature to Chinese novelist Mo Yan.

Interview: Translator Gives Urdu Literary Classic 'Basti' a Passport Into English

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As Intizar Husain's 1979 novel gets its first American publication, Asia Society talks with scholar and translator Frances Pritchett about the difficulties involved in rendering it into English.

Why Critics of Chinese Nobel Prize-Winner Mo Yan Are Just Plain Wrong

Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan poses for photographers before giving a press conference in Stockholm on December 6, 2012. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nobel Prize-winner Mo Yan may have made some disappointing choices in public life, argues Charles Laughlin, but his fiction wasn't written to serve a political agenda.