O.V. Vijayan Legends of Khasak

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Legends of Khasak

 
9780140156478: Legends of Khasak

This is the much-acclaimed first novel by one of India's greatest living writers, translated into English for the first time. A restlessness born of guilt and despair leads Ravi to embark on a journey that ends in the remote village of Khasak in the picturesque Palghat countryside. A land from the past, potent with dreams and legends, enfolds the traveller in a powerful and unsettling embrace. Ravi is bewitched and entranced as everything around him - the villagers, their children whom he teaches in a makeshift school, the elders who see him as a threat; the toddy-tappers, the shamans - takes on the wuality of myth. And then reality, painful and threatening, begins to intrude on the sojourner's resting place and Ravi begins to understand that there is no escape from the relentless dictates of karma...

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About the Author:

Ootupulackal Velukkuty Vijayan, born in 1930, was an Indian writer and cartoonist. He has been one of the most important literary figures of the Malayalam language.

The author has written novels, essays, short stories, memoirs, and cartoons. Some of his short stories are Kattu Paranja Katha, Vargasamaram Swathwam, Andhanum Akalangal Kaanunnavanum, and Khoshayathrayil Thaniye.

The author studied at Victoria College in Palakkad, and then completed his Master s in English Literature from Presidency College. Vijayan s works have been published in the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Statesman. In 1990, the author was given the Sahitya Akademi Award, as well as the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. He became the recipient of the Mathrubhumi Sahitya Award in 2004. Vijayan passed away in 2005, after battling Parkinson's Disease for twenty years.

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Text: English (translation)

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