Book Review: Panorama - Shilpi Chaklanobis


Panorama by Shilpi Chaklanobis is a collection of 15 short stories will take you on a bittersweet expedition that explores the continuum that is piece of any individual connection and all the convolution as well as turmoil that furtively inhabit inside the homes and hearts of India from a plight of the dog, to the plight of hunger during natural disasters, to the unconditional love of a mother, to a daughter's hatred for her mother, to waiting for true love to come back.


The book is set in multiple times not exactly defined from sometimes the futuristic, to the recent past that alternate between present and possible. It is not just for the ductility of the attitudes of the characters, to the concreteness of the forward projection or because of the likelihood of the story that gives this temporal melancholy.

Indeed the finest in elegance of the writing of the author lies in hiding as much as possible the moments, confusing them and mixing them, and materializes in the use of tenses, as different as consistent with the flow of the stories covering the imperfect remote pasts and historical present.

The book is set in a unique marble space and gloomy apocalyptic traits and the next at the same time. It is the space that gives time unit to the narrative, an almost two-dimensional space as it is, apparently, to a written page.

All this in a novel perfectly packaged by a semi-omniscient narrator who might be the author herself and that tells a world close to her and perhaps emotionally distant and circles casually in a practical and distinctive language, giving the narrative sections of non-fiction and mockumentary atmospheres along with its tricks of suspense thrillers like, false clues and tension, but also including gory episodes and practices of perverse limit.

The game of pseudonyms and mysterious identities, the likely overlap between author and narrator, the citationist universe, the human sample of small and large immorality and childish vainglories, the futile imagination of literature and society all of which joined the mention of the characters catapult the reader into a tense atmosphere between reality and fiction, between probability and contraption where everything is questioned.

In the midst of the complex spirits, the novel is the territory of the game and hypotheses, stripped and then replaced by a social network. The book collects all the inconsistencies of a world that seems to evolve faster and faster and efficiently, but without wanting to understand its direction; and hand in hand adapt and distorts the human relations impersonating a suffocating control for freedom.

The book reflects this structure without showing users the obvious and depressing analogy in a place where potentially one elusive guardian may check at any time each of the characters. Panorama is the story of a post-literary novel, steeped in metaliterature and that autofiction. .

A book that is a decadent celebration of literature and that fascinates for its ability to disorient and steer at the same time the reader in a work that remains poised on the brink of the complaint and that never ceases to feed an underground sardonic humour that runs through the pages bubbling to the surface like an underground process.




Format: Paperback ♥ Pages: 144 ♥ Publisher: Notion Press ♥ Published: April 2016 ♥ Language: English ♥ ISBN-13: 978-9352069668

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