Author: M Mukundan
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123739176
One of Kerala's best known writers of fiction, captures the spirit of a period of transition with piquant cameos of a Mayyazhi now lost forever.
Mayyazhi (Mahe) in the forties: a melange of native myth and legend and shimmering French elegance. Wine flows through streets where horse-drawn carriages speed by day and night. A folklore has it that souls hover as dragonflies over the Velliyan Rock in the sea.
A wave of nationalism sweeps over the town and a group of dedicated young men determined to free Mayyazhi from the French set the wheels in motion. Dasan, a promising young man, destined for a brilliant career in the French government, finds himself in the thick of the movement.
Gita Krishnankutty holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Mysore. She is deeply interested in translation and has a number of published translations to her credit: Kaalam by M T Vasudevan Nair, The Eye of God by N P Mohamed and Cast Me Out if you Will, a collection of short stories and autobiographical essays by Lalithambika Anterjanam. She has also contributed to The Demon Seed and Other Writings by M T Vasudevan Nair and Bhaskara Patteler and Other Stories by Paul Zacharia..