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The Desert Lake

Ice pellets are raining down on Montreal the afternoon I arrive at Linda Leith’s home in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – a far cry from the stark Taklimakan Desert of China that figures prominently in her latest novel, The Desert Lake. At one time a part of the Silk Road’s northern route, the desert is also known by […]

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In commending V.S. Naipaul’s Nobel Prize-winning novel In A Free State in 2001, the Swedish Academy described the author as “Conrad’s heir as the annalist of the destinies of empires in the moral sense: what they do to human beings.” I begin by citing a juggernaut of post-colonial literature, though, as a kind of beginning […]