Why Hermann Hesse’s Siddhartha appeals even 100 years later

In 1922, as Europe and America were picking themselves up from the rubble of the Great War, the literary muses decided to bestow their bounty on a generation of readers living during the high noon of modernism. In February that year, on 2.2.22 to be precise, Irish writer James Joyce’s iconic novel Ulysses was published … Read more

State Library of Victoria owns one of the rare signed copies of Ulysses

There is a notorious book in Victoria’s State Library that is so rare it is worth more than a house. Key points: The early 20th-century book was banned in some countries because it was considered obscene The State Library owns one of just 100 signed first editions Pirated copies are also on display as part … Read more

A new exhibition collects maps from ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘Game of Thrones’ and other fictional worlds

Even writers who create artful fictional landscapes sometimes need directions. So much is clear in “Mapping fiction, ”A new exhibit at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in California that explores how writers and cartographers have mapped amazing worlds both as and in contrast to our own. The show coincides with the centenary … Read more

Disney, Netflix dominates Annie Awards 2021: Raya, Luca, Arcane

Raya and Katie are on top of Annies this year.Picture: Disney / Netflix Fans of animation will probably not be shocked to hear that three of the four most nominated the films for this year’s Annie Awards this year come from Disney. Raya and the last dragon leads all nominees with 10 in total, followed … Read more