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Softly Dies a Lake

Akkineni Kutumbarao (Author) Vasanth Kannabiran (Translator) Kalpana Kannabiran (Foroward)

I thought I would redirect the Kolleru that flooded my brain into yours and flood your thoughts. This novel is about my childhood. All the people in it are real. That village is real. Kolleru is real. An elegy to Kolleru, one of India s largest freshwater lakes located in Andhra Pradesh, Akkineni Kutumbarao s novel Kolleti Jadalu vividly brings alive the villages and people whose lives are woven inseparably with the lake. Swamped by water, this is the precarious life-world of a people in a constant struggle to survive in an environment that is nurturing and bountiful, yet unpredictable and hostile. The story of the lake and the people whose lives and hopes, joys and sorrows depend on it is told through the eyes of five-year-old Seenu. With dry humour, gentle irony and profound human empathy, Kutumbarao details a little-known and rich world, brutally destroyed as the market ultimately triumphs over nature. Softly Dies a Lake is at once memory, history, tribute, lament, apology and penance; to a childhood, to a lake, to a people, to a vital but lost way of life. The translation by veteran feminist rights activist and writer, Vasanth Kannabiran, seamlessly brings to us the world of Kolleru in all its transient beauty. This memoir reminds us of ecology s mantra everything is connected and is a must-read for all lovers of literature and everyone who feels responsible for their only home: the earth

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About the authors

Akkineni Kutumbarao

AKKINENI KUTUMBARAO is a reputed Telugu film director, producer and writer. His work has won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Feature Film for Bhadram Koduko (1992), directed by him. The Translator VASANTH KANNABIRAN is a veteran civil and women s rights activist, educationist and writer. Her published works include Taken at the Flood: A Memoir of a Political Life (2020) and A Grief to Bury: Memories of Love, Work and Loss (2011).

Kalpana Kannabiran

Kalpana Kannabiran is a founder member of Asmita Resource Centre for Women, Secunderabad, and teaches sociology and law at NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. With Vasanth Kannabiran she has co-authored De-Eroticising Assault: Essays on Modesty, Honour and Power (2000), and translated from the original Tamil, Web of Deceit, a novel by uvalur A. Ramamirthammal (2003). She received the VKRV Rao Award for Social Science Research in 2003, for her work on teh social aspects of law.

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Title Softly Dies a Lake
Format Softcover
Date published: 19.10.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789390122585
length xxii+200p., 22cm.