The Thirteenth Edition of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai Litfest
Wednesday, November 9th to Sunday, November 13th 2022

Literature Unmasked

Live on YouTube, Facebook,
Twitter & Instagram

No Birds Sing

  • Saturday, 21st Nov
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm IST

Death, depression, dementia, violence, hatred, loneliness, child abuse, bleak terrains, evil regimes, hopeless futures – many new novels, even by young writers, focus on the dark side. Is this the authors’ view or experience of life, or is it a way of highlighting increasingly prevalent wrongs which need to be righted. Do dystopian novels work by validating the alienation and unhappiness that the reader may already be feeling? Or are they cautionary tales, which by showing the worst that can happen when people go wrong, conversely cause the reader to prize virtue and compassion, and to recognise, and thereby resist, agendas that would wreak evil in this world?


Private: Andrei Kurkov

Andrei is a Ukrainian novelist who writes in Russian and Ukrainian. He is the author of over 20 novels and 10 books for children. His work has been translated into 37 languages.

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Private: Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak is the international bestselling and multi-award winning author of six novels including Bridge of Clay, The Book Thief and I am the Messenger.

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Private: Milena Moser

Milena Moser is one of the most prolific and beloved Swiss authors.

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Private: Sonal Shah

Sonal Shah is a New Delhi based writer and editor with roots in the Washington, DC area.

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Books In The Session

Bridge of Clay: The Redemptive

  • Markus Zusak
  • Black Swan


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