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A Place to Live: Contemporary Tamil Short Fiction

 
Dilip Kumar (Editor) Vasantha Surya (Translator)
Synopsis Innumerable strands of ethnic, regional and universal experiences are woven together in this collection of fine short fiction spanning four decades—1960_1990—in which the short story emerged as the definitive genre of modern Tamil literature. Twenty-nine famous names are represented here—from Rajanarayanan to Paavannan and many others who have encapsulated the joys, sorrows and peculiar challenges of life in Tamil Nadu. Taken together, these stories represent a certain world view in which old ideas of honour and prestige, and the attitude of resignation—to fate and to social hierarchies—are yielding place to an ethic of struggle and strategic compromise. The language itself is transformed in the process, churning up a new idiom that loses none of its freshness or vitality in translation.
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About the authors

Dilip Kumar

Dilip Kumar, whose mother tongue is Gujarati, is a well-known short story writer in Tamil with several awards to his credit. He has published two collections of short stories (Moongil Kuruthu, Cre-A, Chennai, 1985, and Kaduvu, Cre-A, Chennai, 2000) and a critical work on Mauni—a pioneer of Tamil short stories (Mouniyudan Koncha Thooram, Vanadhi Pathipagam, Chennai, 1992). He lives in Chennai and runs a small literary bookshop.

Vasantha Surya

Vasantha Surya's translations from Tamil include R. Chudamani's novel, Iravu Chudar (Yamini, Macmillan India, 1996) and Vaasanthi's Kadaisee Varai (Birthright, Zubaan Books, 2004).

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Bibliographic information

Title A Place to Live: Contemporary Tamil Short Fiction
Format Softcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 143031597
length xxiv+276p., 20cm.