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Robin Maharaj - Author

RABINDRANATH (Robin) MAHARAJ, author of five novels and three short story collections, was born and raised in Trinidad. In the early 1990s, he immigrated to Canada and now lives in Ajax, Ontario. His books include the novels The Amazing Absorbing Boy (2010, Knopf Canada), A Perfect Pledge (2005, Knopf Canada and in the US with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, finalist for both the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize). See more about Robin at http://rmaharaj.wordpress.com/. Robin recommends these reads:

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Naipaul, V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad), 1932-
I hated this Caribbean classic the first time I read it but gradually began to appreciate it with subsequent readings. Sometimes I return to it when I need some inspiration, and always, I am astonished by the writer's control: the careful management of scenes, and the precision of descriptions.
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Coetzee, J. M., 1940-
Coetzee has the ability to represent in a couple sentences, scenes that would take other writers entire chapters.
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García Márquez, Gabriel, 1928-
Each time I reread a section of this novel I see something I had previously missed. Got me hooked, for a while, on magical realism.
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Ellison, Ralph.
One of the best beginnings of any novel I have read.
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Moore, Lorrie.
This novel - more a series of connected vignettes, really - soars on the strength of its images and its deft characterization.
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Adiga, Aravind.
Written as a sort of rant against the wealthy and pretentious, this book is both funny and perspicuous. (Similar in some respects to Rawi Hage's Cockroach)
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Syjuco, Miguel, 1976-
This young writer's control of his material is brilliant. One of the most original books I have read in a long time. Winner of the second Man Asian Literary Prize
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