Author: Rachakonda Viswanathasastry
Translator: Alladi Uma / M Sridhar
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8126011734
English translation from Telugu "Govulostunnayi Jagratta", This novella published in 1973, concludes a series of stories entitled "Rukkulu" that Raavi Sastry wrote in response to a poem of the same name by Sri Sri.
He seeks to prove Sri Sri's dictum that no subject is too insignificant for literature. Set between the Bolshevik Revolution and the independence of India, the novella tells the story of an ordinary woman's rebellion against her sexual exploitation by a landlord and the injustice done to her son.
The narrative is interesting in terms of its story-telling technique, especially its potential for subversion of the narrator's voice.
ALLADI UMA and M RIDHAR teach English at the University of Hyderabad. They have been doing collaborative work in translational. They have published a translation of a collection of short stories by Volga, a Telugu feminist writer, entitled The Woman Unbound: Selected Short Stories. They won the Jyeshtha Literary Award in 1993 and the Katha Commendation Prize in 1996 for translation.