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Karukku

Price : $9.75
ISBN # : 9780199450411
Author : Bama Faustina Lakshmi Holmstrom
pages: 170
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Published : 2014

Karukku is the English translation of Bama's seminal autobiography, which tells the story of a Dalit woman who left her convent to escape from the caste oppression therein.'

Her story took the world by storm. When Bama Faustina approached publishing houses in Tamil Nadu with the story of how she was discriminated against in the Catholic Church, they refused to publish her unpolished words. Undeterred, she took her story to the public on her own, and wove a tale of history, caste oppression and sociology to tell how women of so-called low castes are discriminated against in Convents even today. Shocking, since Caste is not a part of Christianity. The book draws readers into Bama's world, and rest assured, it is a world telling the poignant tale of a woman who has prevailed through sheer perseverence in the face of oppression and troubles throughout. Readers will enjoy the updated afterword, which reveals Bama's thoughts on her life ten years after the first publication of the book.



Author Bio: Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. She has been in the forefront of caste literature activism and has given Dalit aesthetics tremendous visibility on the literary campus of India. Her works have been translated into English, German, French, Telugu, and Malayalam.

Lakshmi Holmstrom is one of the most successful Indian translators. She has received the Crossword Award for translation twice (2001 and 2007) and the Iyal Award from the Tamil Literary Garden, Canada (2008). She is one of the Founder Trustees of the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Tuesday 29 July, 2014.
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