Author: Neeru Nanda
Publisher: National Book Trust
ISBN/UPC (if available): 812372764x
English translation of Marathi original Pachola, this novel is one of the finest writings in modern Marathi Literature.
Set in a small rural community, Fall is the story of Parbati, the narrator - protagonist, and her family. Through the monologic narration of Parbati, the novel unfolds the struggles of a family, particularly women, caught in the matrix of change that rapid urbanization brings to rural India. In her silent and authentic voice, one may hear a sense of helplessness. But in its forlorn and intuitive quality one recognizes a certain grit and determination that gives a rare dignity to this terse account.
Dr Sudhakar Marathe teaches English at the University of Hyderabad. He has translated poetry, prose, short stories and novels. His interests include student theatre, birdwatching and environmental conservation.