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An ambulance transports the body of Jordanian writer Nahed Hattar to a medical facility, after he was shot, in Amman, Jordan,. The prominent writer was shot dead in front of the courthouse where he was on trial for sharing a cartoon deemed as offensive to Islam.

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Bangladeshi people gather outside a building where two people were found stabbed to death in Dhaka.

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Bangladeshi policemen try to control the crowd of onlookers at a building where two people were found stabbed to death in Dhaka.

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Bangladeshi policemen arrive at a building where two people were found stabbed to death in Dhaka. Police in Bangladesh say unidentified assailants have stabbed two men to death, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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A young Dalit writer was attacked by a group of men for his writings against the caste system perceived to be “anti-Hindu” at Davanagere in Central Karnataka.

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Indian writers and cultural activists wear black cloth over their mouths as they carry placards and a banner during a silent protest march outside Sahitya Akademi in New Delhi.

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Indian writers and cultural activists wear black cloth over their mouths as they carry placards and a banner during a silent protest march outside Sahitya Akademi, in New Delhi.

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Writers and cultural activists wear black cloth over their mouths as they carry placards and a banner during a silent protest march outside Sahitya Akademi, in New Delhi.

Photo by Sanjay Rawat/ Outlook

Indian writers and cultural activists wear black cloth over their mouths as they carry placards and a banner during a silent protest march outside Sahitya Akademi, in New Delhi.

Photo by Sanjay Rawat/ Outlook

Protest against Indian writers and cultural activists who returned their Akademi awards in Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.

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Protest against Indian writers and cultural activists who returned their Akademi awards in Sahitya Akademi, New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi releasing the book "Red Tape to Red Carpet... and then some", written by Gina Rinehart, the Chairperson of the Australian mining company Hancock Prospecting Group, in New Delhi.

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This March 30, 2005, file photo shows author James Salter at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y. The prize-winning author acclaimed for his sophisticated, granular prose and sobering insights in "Light Years," ''A Sport and a Pastime" and other fiction, has died at age 90.

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Hungary's Laszlo Krasznahorkai, the winner of the Man Booker International Prize, poses for photographers with the trophy shortly after the award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. UK.

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Chinese travel writer Hong Mei, who published the fist travelogue on India in Chinese language, poses with a tribal child in Odisha.

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In this photo taken Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, Nobel Prize winning author Nadine Gordimer, arrives for the South African premier of the movie "Mandela - Long Walk To Freedom" in Johannesburg. Gordimer died peacefully in her sleep aged 90.

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FILE - Nov. 21, 2008 file photo, poet Maya Angelou during an event in Washington. Angelou died at the age of 86 at Wake Forest University.

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The Folio awards shortlist.

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Indian national Sushmita Banerjee, whose memoir about her dramatic escape from the Taliban was turned into a Bollywood film, was shot dead in Afghanistan by militants.

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Llydia Ddavis, 65, wins the fifth Man Booker Int’l award. The short story writer, “known for her brevity of prose”, beat a 10-man field including U.R. Ananthamurthy.

Telugu writer Ravuri Bharadwaj receiving greetings after his name was announced for Jnanpith award in Hyderabad.

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Gursharan Kaur, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife, receiving a copy of “Khushwantnama: The Lessons of My Life” from renowned author Khushwant Singh at his residence on his 98th birthday in New Delhi.

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Yuki Takagi uses a large brush for her New Year's calligraphy at the Budokan martial arts hall in Tokyo .

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Oriya Novelist Pratibha Ray talks to media at her residence in Bhubaneswar. Ray has been declared the winner of the 2011 Jnanipith award.

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R.I.P... Eminent Punjabi writer Kartar Singh Duggal died of old-age related ailments, he was 94. The writer had also served as the Director of All India Radio.

ARDESHIR COWASJEE, 86, Parsi shipping tycoon and Pak’s best known columnist who took on everyone, from the military to right-wing zealots. His column in Dawn daily ran from 1988-2011.

Author Hilary Mantel won the 2012 Man Booker Prize for her Bring Up the Bodies.

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Indian author Jeet Thayil, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, holds a copy of his book Narcopolis during a photo call at the Royal Festival Hall, in London.

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Authors, from left to right, Malaysian Tan Twan Eng, Deborah Levy, Hilary Mantel, Will Self, holding his book, top, Alison Moore and Jeet Thayil, from India, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, hold copies of their books during a photo call at the Royal Festival Hall, in London.

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Carlos Fuentes Macías (November 11, 1928 - May 15, 2012), R.I.P. Mexican writer and one of the best-known novelists and essayists in the Spanish-speaking world died in a private hospital in southern Mexico City from a massive haemorrhage.

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Khushwant Singh, 96, talks sitting next to a fireplace in his house in New Delhi. The famously grumpy writer, known for everything from beautifully wrought novels to fart jokes, has been a giant of India's literary world for more than sixty years. The lawyer-turned-diplomat-turned-writer insists his latest book will be his last. The work is a novel about two old men, written by a 96-year-old who says he can't have much time left.

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The judges of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for fiction, from left to right, author, Susan Hill, author and politician, Chris Mullin, author and former Director-General of the MI5, Dame Stella Rimington, writer and journalist, Matthew d'Ancona, and Head of Books at the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Gaby Wood, pose for the photographers following a news conference announcing the 2011 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novels, in London.

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A worker with the Booker Prize Foundation holds copies of the six shortlisted books for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for fiction, following a news conference announcing the 2011 Man Booker Prize shortlisted novels, in London.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's wife Gursharan Kaur blesses a student before handing him over an award trophy at "ITIHAAS Young Writers' Forum 2011" in New Delhi.

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Hindi Poet Ashok Vajpayee (L) and contemporary artist SH Raza in conversation at Jaipur Literature Festival in Jaipur.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II meets with writer Rana Dasgupta, who has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, during his presentation at Windsor Castle, England.

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Anne Enright - The Booker-winning Irish novelist on her first visit to India for the Jaipur litfest

Ravi Varma - Man At The Art Market Colonial India’s pre-eminent image-maker led a chequered life and experimented ceaselessly