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Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan
Publisher: Sahitya Akademi
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788126028887
Thattakam is the story of a Generation of people who lived in a Small Village called Kandanasseri in Kerala. The Village as well the people had a glorious historic past studded with myths, legends and real events of social and political significance. It is a real as well as imaginary story as the same time. Even today, the village retains elements of its traditional past while taking a peep into modernity.
Kovilan, the author himself was a rare bridge between the past and the present. His memories of the past are invaluable as history, sociology and anthropology. The language that he has used is unique. It has the overtones of the mythical ballads, the poignancy of realism, the rhythm of the Dravidian Tribal language and the Sheer Universality of epic structure. It also has the phantasaic quality if a folk tale.