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Naalukettu: The House Around the Courtyard

 
M.T. Vasudevan Nair (Author)
Synopsis Naalukettu (1958) is the story of a young boy, Appunni, set in a joint family (a tharavad) of the Nair caste in the author's native village, Kudallur. Growing up without a father and away from the prestige and protection of the matrilineal home to which he belongs, Appunni spends his childhood in extreme social misery. Fascinated by accounts of the grand 'naalukettu tharavad' of which he should have been a part, Appunni visits the house only to be rejected by the head of the household. With vengeance boiling in his heart and the pain of disappointed love a lingering ache, Appunni claws his way up in life to finally buy the symbol of his youthful aspiration and anguish: the Naalukettu tharavad of his ancestors. But victory--both financial and emotional--turns to ashes. Enemies are not worth conquering; his father's murderer turns out to be the only sympathetic adult in his lonely teenage, and Appunni eventually returns the favour. Naalukettu sensitively captures the traumas and psychological graph of Appunni, caught as he is in the throes of a transitional period in Malabar, a phase marked by the gradual disintegration of the feudal structures of the matrilineal joint family system and the rise of the Nair sense of personal identity. The novel, a fascinating read, and the perceptive introduction by the translator, will appeal to students and scholars of regional Indian literature in translation, comparative literature, sociology and cultural studies, as well as general readers.
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About the author

M.T. Vasudevan Nair

M.T. Vasudevan Nair is a renowned Malayalam author and winner of the Jnanpith award for literature (1995). He is also among Kerala's most popular scriptwriters and directors of mainstream cinema. Nair scripted, produced and directed his debut film Nirmalayam, which won the President's Gold Medal in 1973.

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Title Naalukettu: The House Around the Courtyard
Format Hardcover
Date published: 13.02.2008
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 195685962
length xxx+208p.