Author: Dilip Kumar
Editor(s): Dilip Kumar / Vasantha Surya
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0143031597
Innumerable strands of ethnic, regional and universal experiences are woven together in this collection of fine short fiction spanning four decades - 1960-1990-in which the short story emerged as the definitive genre of modern Tamil literature. Twenty-nine famous names are represented here-from Rajanarayanan to Paavannan and many others who have encapsulated the joys, sorrows, and peculiar challenges of life in Tamil Nadu.
Taken together, these stories represent a certain world view in which old ideas of honour and prestige, and the attitude of resignation-to fate and to social hierarchies-are yielding place to an ethic of struggle and strategic compromise. The language itself is transformed in the process, churning up a new idiom that loses none of its freshness or vitality in translation.
Perfect Tamil flavour, Dilip Kumar's is a perceptive collection that records nearly half a century's Tamil social history, Vasantha Surya has kept close to the rhythms of the original.
-Prema Nandakumar, Deccan Herald
From the introspective to the funny, from the absurd to the tragic, this book has everything.
-Gita Krishnankutty, Hindu
VASANTHA SURYA'S translations from Tamil include R Chudamani's novel, Her translations of short stories have been anthologized in A Southern Harvest (Katha, 1993). She has published three books of poetry: the Ballad of Budhni, a transcription of a narrative poem from Bundeli Hindi; and two collections of poems in English, The Stalk of Time, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Poetry Prize, and A Word Between US (Sandhya Publications, 2004).
A Matter of Adjistment: A Note from the Translator
The Daughter-in-law's Vote
Temple Bull, Plough Ox
The Plastic God-Box
The Real Self
All is Shiva
The Gloom Train
The Slaying of Hiranya
A Cup of Coffee
A Place of Live
The Man in the Terylene Shirt
The Bonds of the Day
One of This Nation's Monarchs
The Chariot Comes to Rest
Pipe and Ceremony