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One Part Woman

«Perumal Murugan turns an intimate and crystalline gaze on a married couple in interior Tamil Nadu. It is a gaze that lays bare the intricacies of their story, culminating in a heart wrenching denouement that allows no room for apathy... One Part Woman is a powerful and insightful rendering of an entire milieu which is certainly still in existence. [Murugan] handles myriad complexities with an enviable sophistication, creating an evocative, even haunting work... Murugan's writing is taut and suspenseful... Aniruddhan Vasudevan's translation deserves mention - the language is crisp, retaining local flavour without jarring, and often lyrical»

The Hindu Business Line (India)

A vibrant fable of marriage, caste and social convention from one of the most exciting voices in contemporary Indian fiction

'Unexpected and moving' Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana

'A major Indian writer' New York Times

'A captivating story of love and desire' Vivek Shanbhag, author of Ghachar, Ghochar

Kali and Ponna are perfectly content in their marriage, apart from one thing. Les mer

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A vibrant fable of marriage, caste and social convention from one of the most exciting voices in contemporary Indian fiction

'Unexpected and moving' Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana

'A major Indian writer' New York Times

'A captivating story of love and desire' Vivek Shanbhag, author of Ghachar, Ghochar

Kali and Ponna are perfectly content in their marriage, apart from one thing. They are unable to conceive. With local gossip and family disapproval mounting, the increasingly desperate couple consider a more drastic plan. They will attend the annual chariot festival, a celebration of the half-male, half-female god Maadhorubaagan.

For one night, the rules of marriage are relaxed, and consensual sex between unmarried men and women is overlooked, for all men are considered gods.Could this be the opportunity that they've been searching for?

Detaljer

Forlag
Pushkin Press
Innbinding
Paperback
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9781782275466
Utgivelsesår
2019
Format
20 x 13 cm

Om forfatteren

Perumal Murugan is an Indian author and professor of Tamil literature. He has written six novels and four collections each of short stories and poetry. His best-known novel One Part Woman, highly controversial in India, won the ILF Samanvay Basha Samman, and Aniruddhan Vasudevan's English rendering won the Translation Prize from India's National Academy of Letters.

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«Perumal Murugan turns an intimate and crystalline gaze on a married couple in interior Tamil Nadu. It is a gaze that lays bare the intricacies of their story, culminating in a heart wrenching denouement that allows no room for apathy... One Part Woman is a powerful and insightful rendering of an entire milieu which is certainly still in existence. [Murugan] handles myriad complexities with an enviable sophistication, creating an evocative, even haunting work... Murugan's writing is taut and suspenseful... Aniruddhan Vasudevan's translation deserves mention - the language is crisp, retaining local flavour without jarring, and often lyrical»

The Hindu Business Line (India)

«One Part Woman has the distant romanticism of a gentler, slower and prettier world, but it is infused with a sense of immediacy... Murugan intricately examines the effect the pressure to have a child has on [the couple's] relationship... One Part Woman is beautifully rooted in its setting... Murugan delights in description and Aniraddhan translates it ably»

Open (India)

«A superb book in which tenderness, love and desire kindle each other into a conflagration of sexual rapture»

Bapsi Sidhwa, author of Water

«Perumal Murugan opens up the layers of desire, longing, loss and fulfilment in a relationship with extraordinary sensitivity and surgical precision»

Ambai, author of In a Forest, A deer

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Praise for Perumal Murugan

«The Tamil Irvine Welsh»

Guardian

«Versatile, sensitive to history and conscious of his responsibilities as a writer, Murugan is... the most accomplished of his generation of Tamil writers»

Caravan

«An evocative novel about a childless couple reminds us of the excellence of writing in Indian languages... This is a novel of many layers; of richly textured relationships; of raw and resonant dialogues and characters... Perumal Murugan's voice is distinct; it is the voice of writing in the Indian languages rich in characters, dialogues and locales that are unerringly drawn and intensely evocative. As the novel moves towards its inevitable climax, tragic yet redemptive, the reader shares in the anguish of the characters caught in a fate beyond their control. It is because a superb writer has drawn us adroitly into the lives of those far removed from our acquaintance»

Indian Express

«A fable about sexual passion and social norms, pleasure and the conventions of family and motherhood... A lovely rendering of the Tamil»

Biblio (India)

«Murugan imbues the simple story of a young couple, deeply in love and anxious to have a child, with the complexities of convention, obligation and, ultimately, conviction... An engaging story»

Time Out (India)

«A major Indian writer... Dark currents run through One Part Woman... Kali and Ponna, a couple who are erotically wrapped up in each other, withstand waves of derision because they have not conceived a child after a decade of marriage... When describing the farming communities of South India, Mr. Murugan is neither sentimental nor harsh»

New York Times

«Sometimes shocking, but in a way that always encourages understanding... Murugan writes with both empathy and compassion»

Times Literary Supplement

«This subtly subversive novel examines the pang of childlessness by Kali and Ponna, a couple living in rural southern India. In simple yet lyrical prose, Murugan shows how their understanding in the world depends on offspring... The novel considers the constraints of tradition and beautifully articulates the couple's intense connection, even without a child»

New Yorker

«Perumal Murugan's Tamil is vivid and terse, an instrument he uses with great care and precision to cut through the dense meshes of rural Tamil social life. The result, in this novel, is a brutally elegant examination of caste, family, and sex in South India»

Anuk Arudpragasam, author of 'The Story of a Brief Marriage'

«The life of an innocent couple who are led to believe that the expectations of the system defines their own personal pursuit of happiness forms Perumal Murugan's captivating story of love and desire. With his brilliant artistry, he captures the ups and downs of their lives. Works such as these have the power to subject contemporary value systems to intense introspection, it is for the same reason they are met with resistance. This work of art by Perumal Murugan can be acclaimed as modern mythology for its unusual access to cultural memories of the land and language, and the extraordinary courage with which it is dealt»

Vivek Shanbhag, author of 'Ghachar Ghochar'

«Beautiful... Plunges readers into Tamil culture through a story of love within a caste system undergoing British colonisation in the early 19th century... Murugan's touching, harrowing love story captures the toll that infertility has on a marriage in a world where having a child is the greatest measure of one's worth»

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

«Intimate and affecting... Throughout the novel, Murugan pits the individual against the group. How far are you willing to go, he asks, in order to belong? ... Murugan's descriptions of village life are evocative, but the true pleasure of this book lies in his adept explorations of male and female relationships, and in his unmistakeable affection for people who find themselves pitted against the world»

Laila Lalami, New York Times Book Review

«Perumal Murugan's One Part Woman contains the sweetest, most substantial portrait of an Indian marriage in recent fiction. A touching and original novel»

Karan Mahajan, author of 'The Association of Small Bombs'

«Murugan's writing is locally-grown literature, not a canned object sold on a supermarket bookshelf. It is rare to come across a writer who enjoys such intimacy with a land and those who live in close contact with it. One Part Woman is so rooted in the soil of tradition that its rebellion against it is all the more unexpected and moving»

Amitava Kumar, author of Immigrant, Montana

«Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan, this novel from the globally bestselling Murugan will give fans of South Asian fiction a new perspective and fans of excellent fiction a new read»

Literary Hub

«With a backstory as fascinating as the narrative, this intriguing work, longlisted for the National Book Award will undoubtedly be appreciated by the internationally savvy Anglophone audiences»

Library Journal

«Simple but evocative... engaging in its social commentary and haunting in its portrayal of a relationship gradually falling apart»

Pendora Magazine

«Powerful... lyrical»

The Hindu

«The story is timeless... and its themes are still fresh in today's India.»

The Guardian

«Perumal Murugan's fifth novel (longlisted for the National Book Award) follows a young couple who are unable to conceive. The book, which recalls author Ayobami Adebayo's Stay with Me, adds a new perspective to the still taboo subject of conception, and explores the intricacies of parenthood as well as the pressures of tradition and stigma»

Vanity Fair

«A moving, quietly magnificent portrait of a tender, loving marriage that's buckling under the impossible strain of meddling busybodies»

Lucy Scholes, The National

«Perumal Murugan brings a playful, fable-like quality to his tale of traditional values and their subversion»

Vanity Fair, "Fall's Best Books from Around the World"

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