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Author: V.K.N. (Vadakke Koottala Narayanan Kutty Nair)
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): E V Ramakrishnan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126043668
This Volume brings together nine short stories of VKN, two of his stories and a novel, all in the author's own inimitable translatiion that testifies to his felicity with English language.
V.K.N viewed the contemporary world with a critical eye, exposing the pretensions of the intellectual elite, the delusions of the political class, the philistinism of the affluent, the fallacies of the believers and the fantasies of the radically-minded, in his double-voiced idiom that bristles with wit and sarcasm.
He spared none and brought into the fluency of his fictional language the classical and the modern from Kalidasa and Valmiki to Bertrand Russell and Ogden Nash. His deep awareness of history could locate the contradictions of contemporary life and his decolonized cosmopolitan sensibility could see through the burden of colonial baggage that haunts the present.
The present volume brings together nine of his short stories, two of his long stories and a novel, all in the author’s own inimitable translation that testifies to his felicity with English language.
Vadakke Koottala Narayanankutty nair (1932-2004). Better known as V.K.N, straddled across the Malayalam literary scene like a colossus over four decades beginning from the early 1960s. He has published over forty fictional works among which are Aarohanam (available in English in author’s own translation, Bovine Bugles), Pithamahan (The Great Grandfather), Adhikaram (Power), Payyan Kathakal (The stories of Payyan), General Chathans, Kaavi (Saffron) and Anantharam (Hereafter). He stands apart from his contemporaries like O.V. Vijayan, Kakkanadan, M. Mukundan and M.P. Narayana Pillai in the prodigious inventiveness of his narrative style marked by pervasive word-play, subtle wit, scathing irony and incisive satire.
About the Editor:
E.V. Ramakrishna, who has written an introduction to the volume, is a bilingual writer in Malayalam and English and also a translator, with six books in Malayalam and ten books in English.
Preface: The World According to V.K.N
1. Payyan Draws the line
2. Hanuman in Hamburg
3. The Colonel
4. Crime and Reward
5. The Cowboy
6. The Bird Messenger
7. Love and Marriage
8. Drip Drop
9. Annachi Strikes
10. Rukki Darling
11. The Week
12. The Syndicate