Traces the history and development of the Malayalam novel; profiles
the progressive writers, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Vaikom Muhammad
Basheer, Kesava Dev, M.T. Vasudevan Nair etc.
Well-known writer in Malayalam; winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award
in 1998; contents: Kovilan's works, works in translation, collections
of studies on Kovilan's works, an introduction to the novels, a
study of Thottangal, etc.
all time top choice is the 1997 Booker Prize
winning novel about life in Kerala. Many sections
of Kerala society reacted harshly to this work by a young author, but
ultimately this novel will survive
its detractors for its linguistic brilliance, clarity, the dark vision
about things other famed Indian
writers conveniently forgot--many who didn't forget wrote with too much