Translator(s)/ Editors(s): P. Balasubramanian
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126026616
(Vanam Vasappadum) encapsulates the founding, consolidation and collapse of the French colonial venture in India with Puducherry (Pondicherry) as its centre. Oscillating between the period 1740 and 1750, the novel brings history and fiction together to produce an intriguing narrative of the French empire envisaged though the diary of the Anandarangam pillai, the dubash for the French government in Puducherry.
What unfolds in not only a slice of history but also the various facets of human nature under the colonial regime of the French empire the novel is considered to be a major contribution to the genre of historical novel in Tamil literature .The novel won the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1995.
ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR:
P. Balasubramanian (1933-2007) taught Tamil and Comparative Literature at Delhi University from 1965 till his retirement in 1997. Apart from it Dr. Balasubramanian brought out a scientific journal Anukkadir for a year in the 1960s. He has translated widely from Telugu, Tamil and English. Two of his short story collections Muthu Chippi and Kaalathai Vendra Kathaigal ware published by Pappa in 2000.