Author: M V VenkatramTranslator(s)/ Editors(s): K.G. SeshadriPublisher: Sahitya AkademiYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 178ISBN/UPC (if available): 9798126025823
The Author, one of the Manikkodi writers of 1930s in Tamil Nadu, in his extraordinary novel kathugal portrays the titanic struggle of an intellectual with refined sensibilities to cope with the onslaught of mysterious evil forces upon his consciousness which takes the from of different sounds and human voices heard within his ears. The story depicts the various efforts the hero Magalingam makes to save himself with the help of spiritual guides and masters until finally his abiding faith in Lord Murugan saves him from becoming totally insane. He recovers his faith in the end by clinging to his personal god. The novel is in a way a portrayal of the eternal struggle between the forces of good and evil that has been going on in the mind of man ever since he was turned out of Eden.