Kalki: selected stories

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Penguin Books, 1999 - 290 pages
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Twelve Memorable Stories By The Legendary Wordsmith Of Modern Tamil.

'Kalki' R. Krishnamurthy, One Of The Pioneering Giants Of The Tamil Press In The Tumultuous Times Of The Nationalist Movement, Was A Versatile And Prolific Writer, Inscribing The Urgencies Of His Time In His Fiction. This Collection Brings Together The Best Of Kalki'S Short Stories, Which Contain Some Of The Most Colourful And Enduring Characters And Themes Of Tamil Popular Fiction Of The 1930S And '40S. There Is In These Stories The Heady Urgency Of The Freedom Struggle, The Piquant Humour Of The Parodied Tamil Gothic And Devastating Social Satire. In Her Sensitive Translations, Gowri Ramnarayan Has Succeeded In Capturing The Nuances Of The Gently Mordant Wit That Made Kalki'S Stories The Highlight Of The Magazines They Were Originally Published In, Creating For Themselves A Dedicated Following That Flourishes Undiminished To This Day.

Coinciding With The Centenary Of Kalki'S Birth, This Volume Is A Well-Deserved Tribute To A Writer Whose Breadth Of Vision And Genius Imagined And Served A New India.

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If you like charming south Indian tales, a la R.K. Narayan, try Kalki, one of Tamil Nadu's most famous (but little known outside India) writers... Read full review


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