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The Guilty and other stories

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The Guilty and other stories
Vaasanthi

 

Translated by
Gomathi Narayanan and V. Ramnarayan

 

Tamil writer, journalist, political columnist and rights activist, the multi-faceted Vaasanthi has written over forty books, including novels and short stories. She has been translated into Czech, Dutch, English, Hindi, Malayalam and Norwegian.

She has earned wide recognition for her work and has received the Punjab Sahitya Academy Award for her contribution to Indian literature. Other honours include the Uttar Pradesh Sahitya Sansthan Award, the Gyana Bharathi Award and the Best Novel of the Year Award for Ammani.

Widely-traveled, Vaasanthi has presented papers at literary, journalistic and women's conferences across the world. She has conducted seminal research on the plight of women bidi workers in Tamil Nadu's Arcot district and on female infanticide in the state's Usilampatti region.

A graduate from Mysore University, Vaasanthi holds a post-graduate certificate of merit from the University of Oslo. She worked as editor of the Tamil edition of the India Today newsmagazine for nine years. She currently freelances as a print and visual media consultant.

Gomathi Narayanan
Gomathi Narayanan has taught in Kerala and New Delhi. Her translations from Tamil have appeared in Sahitya Akademi's Indian Literature and other periodicals. Among others, she has translated Vaasanthi's novel Mauna Puyal as The Silent Storm. She lives in Chennai.

V. Ramnarayan

V. Ramnarayan works for a Chennai-based corporate communications firm and has written extensively on cricket, a game he played at the first-class level. He is an occasional translator from Tamil to English and has also edited several books.

The Guilty and other stories
Uma and Maadhav, traumatized victims of their childhood, have agonized for two decades to unravel the painful mystery of their mother's suicide. More isolated and alone, their father Balasubramanian too grapples with a past that does not cease to haunt him ….

This anthology is a veritable treat with its many tales and the twists …

A young bride takes courage in her hands to defy a tyrannical social custom. For decades a patriarch has lorded over the numerous women in the household, until one of them rebels. Declared mad by the husband, a wife is forced to confinement in a sanatorium. Nostalgia tugs at an expatriate as he is haunted by the fear that his roots will fade away.

As ever, Vaasanthi's power lies in the quintessential humanist perspective that she brings to her incisive writing. Her characters, mostly female, deal with injustices within their social circumstances in most unique ways, making for evocative and haunting endings


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