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Wind Flowers

Wind Flowers

Contemporary Malayalam Short Fiction

V Abdulla
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A classic collection of stories showcasing some of India’s best-known writers

After a hesitant start towards the end of the ninetheenth century, short fiction in Malyalam came into its own in the 1930s. Since then, writer has experimented with content , style and language to give the genre a unique standing in contemporary Indian litereature as perhaps the most translated, not just into English and other Indian languages but also into other media such as flim and televison.

From Vaikom Muhammed Basheer and O.. Vijayan to Kamamla Das and Sarah Joesph, this volume brings together an extraordinary range of writers and themes. There are among others, M.T. Vasudevan Mair’s ‘ Oppol’, a story about childhood innoccence and loss, which was made into award-winning flim, Paul Zacharia’s ‘Bhaskara Pattelar and my Life’ a brilliant psychological examination of the master-slave dialectic; Lalithambika Antherjanam’s path-breaking ‘Goddess of Revenge’ in which a young Namboodiri woman becomes a prostitute to expose the hypocrisy of her husband and their rigidly orthodox community; and N.S. Madhavan’s classic story of an upper-caste widowwho finds redemption in the forbidden touch of a Pulaya. Translated with flair and integrity, these stories capture the vibrancy of a literary culture at its creative best.

Imprint: Penguin

Published: Sep/2004

ISBN: 9780143030508

Length : 224 Pages

MRP : ₹250

Wind Flowers

Contemporary Malayalam Short Fiction

V Abdulla

A classic collection of stories showcasing some of India’s best-known writers

After a hesitant start towards the end of the ninetheenth century, short fiction in Malyalam came into its own in the 1930s. Since then, writer has experimented with content , style and language to give the genre a unique standing in contemporary Indian litereature as perhaps the most translated, not just into English and other Indian languages but also into other media such as flim and televison.

From Vaikom Muhammed Basheer and O.. Vijayan to Kamamla Das and Sarah Joesph, this volume brings together an extraordinary range of writers and themes. There are among others, M.T. Vasudevan Mair’s ‘ Oppol’, a story about childhood innoccence and loss, which was made into award-winning flim, Paul Zacharia’s ‘Bhaskara Pattelar and my Life’ a brilliant psychological examination of the master-slave dialectic; Lalithambika Antherjanam’s path-breaking ‘Goddess of Revenge’ in which a young Namboodiri woman becomes a prostitute to expose the hypocrisy of her husband and their rigidly orthodox community; and N.S. Madhavan’s classic story of an upper-caste widowwho finds redemption in the forbidden touch of a Pulaya. Translated with flair and integrity, these stories capture the vibrancy of a literary culture at its creative best.

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V Abdulla

V. Abdulla was born in 1921 in Tikkodi near Kozhikode. His father, B. Poker Sahib, was a distinguished lawyer and Member of the Constituent Assembly and of the Lok Sabha. After graduating MA and BL, Abdulla joined Orient Longman, from where he retired as divisional director in charge of publication. For a time he was an Executive Member of the Kerala Sangit Natak Akademi. Both before and after retirement he used to write regularly in English for the Hindu and Frontline and in Malayalam for Mathrubhumi. He published many books of translations from Malayalam into English, mainly in the area of prose fiction and including novels and stories by M.T. Vasudevan Nair, S.K. Pottekkat, Malayattoor Ramakrishnan, N.P. Mohamed and Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. In 1998 he received the Yatra Award. He produced two films in Malayalam, Ammaye Kaanaan and Adyakiranangal. For many years he lived in Chennai. He passed away on 16 May 2003 at Kannur, Kerala, after a brief illness.