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Reviews have come in for Fear Factor Terror Incognito
and we hear more may be forthcoming. Here are some snippets from the reviews so far:
“… a kind of two-nation project that seems timely … Nagarkar’s brilliant tale of a man out to murder Rushdie being immediately followed, to devastating effect, by Rushdie’s contribution. Other standout pieces are by David Malouf, Rosie Scott, Denise Leith and Neelum Saran Gour.”
In Short: Fiction. Weekend Spectrum: Books. The Sydney Morning Herald 29 April
“Three big names — Salman Rushdie, David Malouf and Thomas Keneally — are deservedly here by virtue of republished material, but there are plenty of stories from lesser-known writers from both India and Australia, many of which have been written specially for this book… Preceding Salman Rushdie’s contribution is Kiran Nagarkar’s darkly amusing In Search of Essar about a man determined to carry out the fatwa on Rushdie.”
Age, The (Melbourne, Australia) – Saturday, March 27, 2010. Author: Reviewer Lorien Kaye.
“As well as the depression and angst you might expect, there are also flashes of satire, shifts in perspective, some science fiction, and possibly even some optimism that we will get through it all. Hopefully readers will finish the book with fresh insights.” Jonathan Marshall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University Technology Sydney.
UTS: Newsroom – U:Read it
Edited by Meenakshi Bharat & Sharon Rundle
Picador Pan Macmillan Australia
“this collection is significant. It deals with fear and terrorism, but
also the fear of fear. And this is timely …”
Review by Hazel Edwards in Buzz Words and PIO online newsletters; ABC Books Online.
“It is a collaborative effort to understand whether the artist responds to these violent times any differently than the layman. The answer, the editors argue, is in the affirmative.”
The Telegraph, Calcutta, India Friday, December 25 , 2009
‘”Australians and Indians know very little about each other,” Picaodr India has launched an Indo-Australian anthology on terrorism… iconic writers from both nations…diplomacy at work?’
Whisper Words, Neha Tara Mehta. Mail Today, New Delhi 13 Dec 2009
“Talking of Rushdie, I find myself sharing space with him in an interesting new anthology edited by Meenakshi Bharat and Sharon Rundle. Fear Factor: Terror Incognito contains a number of stories and some extracts from novels that set out to explore the aura of fear pervading the world today.”
The Reading Room
The Mint Lounge, Wall Street Journal Fri, Jan 1 2010
“Apart from recording the accounts of victims, relatives of victims and witnesses of terrorist acts, the collection has stories written from the perspective of terrorists themselves. These include Kiran Nagarkar’s ‘God’s Little Soldier’ (an extract), a wonderfully written story; David Malouf’s ‘Child’s Play’, a kind of poetic and introspective account by a terrorist; and Devika Brendon’s Packing Heat, a chilling story about a suicide bomber . . . the social pertinence of the book is significant and some of the stories are beautifully written.”
First City (Monthly), New Delhi January 2010
“Sujata’s short story ‘’An Eye for an Eye’’ is an excerpt from her forthcoming novel ‘’In the Shadow of Legends’’. Regarding the theme of her novel, Sujata said that an act of terror did not end with the act. Its consequences go beyond the act. She said that her story was about the consequences of terrorism.”
Express News Service First Published : 29 Nov 2009 02:32:29 AM IST
Fear Factor Terror Incognito is available in all good book shops and online bookstores. It is also available from Roundtablewriting.com