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DetailsA representative selection from one of India's leading fiction writers The most versatile writer in Malayalam today, M.T. Vasudevan Nair has published short stories, novels, screenplays, as well as articles on the state of literature and cinema in India. At the heart of this collection is The Demon Seed, a fresh translation of Asuravithu, arguably one of his best novels. Published in Malayalam in 1962, it is an uncompromising look at the crumbling matrilineal order, and the breakdown of the joint family system. The novel tells the story of Govindankutty, a young unemployed Nair boy. When his wealthy brother-in-law takes him on as the manager of his property, and a marriage is arranged for him, Govindankutty dares to dream for the first time in his life. He brings his bride home, eager to start life afresh, but discovers to his horror that she is already pregnant by another man-his urbane lawyer-cousin Krishnettan. Shattered by the knowledge that his family had connived to betray him, Govindankutty goes berserk. Finally, estranged from home and village, he converts to Islam in the ultimate gesture of defiance. Tautly written and brilliantly characterized, The Demon Seed is a powerful novel about a society in transition. The collection also brings together six of MT's best stories, including 'Vanaprastham', The Jackal's Wedding' and 'Sherlock'. Also included are 'The Era of Ramanan', an essay on the impact of the first modem verse romance in Malayalam, and a beautifully crafted piece on contemporary cinema. Taken together, these writings are testimony to the remarkable range and depth of M.T. Vasudevan Nair's work. M T V Nair "Madathil Thekkepat Vasudevan Nair was born in 1933 in the village of Kudallur in the Palakkad district of Kerala. He graduated from Victoria College, Palakkad in 1953 and taught for a while in the M. B. Tutorial College, Palakkad. The proprietors of the college published a magazine called Malayali to which MT often contributed and which published his first novel. In 1956, he joined the leading Malayalam weekly Mathrubhumi as a sub-editor and became its editor in 1968. He left the Mathrubhumi in 1981 in order to devote his time completely to writing, but returned to it in 1988 at their request. Between 1958 and 1992 he published eight novels, eighteen collections of short stories, three stories for children and nine film scripts. MT has won numerous awards including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi (1959 and 1978) and Central Sahitya Akademi (1970) Awards, the Vayalar Rama Varma Award (1984), the Muttathu Varkey Award (1984) and the Jnanpith Award (1996). He lives in Kozhikode with his wife and daughter."
SKU Code IBD B 252 Weight in Kg 0.3000 Brand Bookwomb Dispatch Period in Days 3 ISBN No. 9780140276596 Author Name M. T. V. Nair Publisher Name PENGUIN INDIA