Arifa Akbar is literary editor of The Independent and i newspapers. She has worked at The Independent since 2001 as a news reporter and arts correspondent before joining the books desk in 2009. She was a judge for the Orwell Prize for books 2013, and the Fiction Uncovered Prize 2014.
Hear The Wing Sing & Pinball 1973 by Haruki Murakami; trans. Ted Goossen; appetisers from the kitchen table
23 July 2015 12:29 PM
Until now, we have not been able to read Haruki Murakami’s first two novels in English despite their popular success in Japanese. It is his third novel, A Wild Sheep Chase, translated in 1990, and the last in his “Rat” trilogy, that English readers have taken as his first, and that he himself considers “the true beginning of my career as a novelist.” In fact, he has resisted English translations of Hear the Wind Sing (1979) and Pinball 1973 (1980) for decades, except for a ‘student study aid’ translation in Japan that has long been out of print, and in the face of fans frequently writing to his UK publisher with their pleas.
20 July 2015 09:39 AM
Once a jet-set private playground, Argironisos now welcomes a rather different clientele. Arifa Akbar limbers up among its devotees
19 July 2015 12:58 PM
Once a jet-set private playground, Argironisos now welcomes a rather different clientele
16 July 2015 12:07 PM
Week in Books column
Go Set A Watchman - book review: A rough draft, but more radical and politicised than Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird
13 July 2015 12:31 AM
We will never be able to read Mockingbird in the same way again, and never see Atticus in the same light. It is the end of innocence for that novel
08 July 2015 04:38 PM
A little blue book was left on my desk a few weeks ago. More a pamphlet than a book, with a paper cover bound by string. It looked like a catalogue or a theatre programme. I pushed it to one side of the desk, just above the bin, and it sat there until it was time for a clear-out, when I picked it up again and saw it was in fact a chapbook by Michel Faber called Poems for Eva, with a pink post-it note on top saying ‘These turned out well. F x’.
02 July 2015 11:58 AM
Earlier this year, a terminally ill cancer patient requested a last visit to the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum to see a Rembrandt exhibition. A striking image accompanied the news story, of the patient on a gurney, surrounded by staff, face turned towards one of Rembrandt’s final self-portraits, the colour and shade in the photograph reflecting something of the light falling across Rembrandt’s aged face in the painting, and the edges of darkness converging behind him.
25 June 2015 10:50 AM
An online campaign that has taken social media by storm
25 June 2015 10:29 AM
Last week, I found myself on a privately owned Greek island with no shops, wi-fi, radio or television. Sprawled day after day on a swinging bed under a giant oak tree, I discovered that the book you take to such a remote place (a permanent population of three people, limited electricity, 2,500 olive trees, a yoga shala, some loud owls and a resident dog) is your connection to the less scenic world you’ve left behind.
06 June 2015 09:14 PM
There is no mention of Carrie in the book, but the plot rings bells
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I am the Jeremy Corbyn supporter that many will tell you doesn't exist
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Labour leadership: New poll shows party is now even 'less electable' than under Ed Miliband
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