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Price : $26.75
ISBN # : 9780140289657
Author : O.V. Vijayan
pages: 650
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Penguin
Published : 2003

O.V. Vijayan is one of the most brilliant and original of the contemporary Indian authors. His fiction, written in Malayalam, is complex and poetic, a sumptuous blend of myth, dark humour, eroticism, mystical insights and a uniquely Indian brand of magic realism. This collection brings together for the first time all four of Vijayan s books translated into English so far. In his much-acclaimed first novel The Legends of Khasak , Ravi, a schoolteacher, arrives in the remote village of Khasak and is gradually engulfed by the dreams and fables of that ancient land. In the controversial political allegory The Saga of Dharmapuri , the tyrannical President of Dharmapuri and Siddhaartha, a travelling mystic and messiah, engage in an unending symbolic battle. In the award-winning The Infinity of Grace , Kunjunni, a journalist, goes to Calcutta to cover the Bangladesh war, and attempts to reconnect with his estranged wife and daughter who live there. Through the personal trauma that follows, he arrives at a transcendental understanding of life and the harmony implicit in apparently chaotic events.

The final section of this volume comprises twenty-one short stories which include classics such as After the Hanging , Oil , Wind Flowers , Anachronisms and The Foetus . Together, they bear testimony to Vijayan s skills as an unusually innovative and evocative writer of romances, parables and tales of the supernatural.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 05 August, 2015.

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