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Manhunt: Seashore Sage of the Punnapra-Vayalar Uprising

Manjula Cherkil (Translator) KV. Mohankumar (Author)

Hell breaks loose as the people fight back… and the seashore turns red…. It was an armed revolt against the government – a fight between automatic guns and crudely made sickles and spears. KV Mohankumar’s book tells the untold story of a People’s Movement in India’s not-so-distant past, a tale of haves and have-nots and a class struggle where the dead exceeded that of the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. A notable feature of this novel is its vivid portraits of impressive female characters and its brave teenagers. At the same time, it weaves a beautiful account of some legendary lives in Kerala and the cause of the subaltern, tracing the history of radical uprisings that led to the present Maoist movement in India. Certainly, this novel bridges the glaring gap in literature that comprehensively portrays the landmark anti-feudal protest in all its complexities.

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About the authors

Manjula Cherkil

Translator Manjula Cherkil is a Research Associate for the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center (FCWSRC), Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley US. She has translated KV Mohankumar’s award-winning Malayalam novel, Pranayathinde Moonnamkannu (The Third Eye of Love) into English and Ushnaraashi.


KV. Mohankumar

Mohankumar is a distinguished novelist and short story writer. A member of the Indian Administrative Service, he has written fifteen books and is the author of best-selling novels in Malayalam like Ushnaraashi (Manhunt: The Seashore Saga of the Punnapra-Vayalar Uprising), Sradhasesham (Beyond Salvation), Jaaranum Poochayum (Paramour and the Cat) and Ezhamindrium (The Seventh Sense). Pranayathinde Moonnamkannu (The Third Eye of Love), a fictionalised philosophical quest based on Tantric Buddhism bagged several literary awards in Malayalam. Manhunt is a translation of Ushnaraashi - Karappurathinte Ithihasam which received the 2018 Vayalar Ramavarma Literary Prize.


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Bibliographic information

Title Manhunt: Seashore Sage of the Punnapra-Vayalar Uprising
Format Softcover
Date published: 07.10.2019
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789386473639
length 609p.
Subjects History