Author: Maythil Radhakrishnan
Translator(s): V C Harris
Publisher: Indialog Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187981733
The Love Song of Alfred Hitchcock (written in 1991, published in 1994), Hitchcock's intervention (1994) and Music is a time-Art (1995), the three tales that are collected here, have one thing in common: they are all somehow related, in varying degrees, to the world of films, with the first two specifically invoking Alfred Hitchcock.
The cinema, for Maythil Radhakrishnan, often provides either a launching pad or a frame of reference. The Love Song of Alfred Hitchcock, for instance, is a kind of murder mystery that explores questions of love and death - way quite unprecedented in Indian fiction-through an invocation of the master of suspense. It is suspenseful and peculiarly meditative at the same time - a quality directly captured in the title itself where Alfred Hitchcock and T S Eliot come together.
Have the Strength to force the moment to its crisis?
Maythil Radhakrishnan took the Malayalam literary world by storm when he staged a comeback in the Nineties: here was a fiction-writer entirely cosmopolitan in his choice of themes and his moorings. There are very few in Indian fiction who can compare with this author in artistic innovation, intellectual subtlety and original perception of things and of life. The three novellas here represent all that is newest in Indian fiction.
Maythil Radhakrishnan ransacks the language of fiction, and blurs the distinction between the short story and the poem.
- M Mukundan
Maythil is a writer's writer, a master of craft and thought. He operates in the quantum field of fiction.
Introduction By V C Harris
The Love Song of Alfred Hitchcock
Music is a Time-Art