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Perumal Murugan

Perumal Murugan - book author

கவிதை, சிறுகதை, நாவல், கட்டுரை ஆகிய படைப்புத் துறைகளுள் இயங்கிவருபவர். அகராதி, பதிப்புப் பணிகளில் ஈடுபாடு. தமிழ்ப் பேராசிரியர் பணி. இவரது இரண்டு நாவல்கள் ஆங்கிலத்தில் மொழி பெயர்க்கப்பட்டுள்ளன. அவை current show (நிழல்முற்றம்), Seasons of the palm (கூளமாதாரி). 'மாதொருபாகன்' விரைவில் ஆங்கிலத்தில் வர உளது

Perumal Murugan is a well-known contemporary Tamil writer and poet. He was written six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry. Three of his novels have been translated into English to wide acclaim: Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Kiriyama Award in 2005, Current Show, and most recently, One Part Woman. He has received awards from the Tamil Nadu government as well as from Katha Books.

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Perumal Murugan is the author of books: Poonachi: Or the Story of a Black Goat, மாதொருபாகன் [Madhorubhagan], Pyre, The Goat Thief, Trial by Silence, Seasons of the Palm, A Lonely Harvest, ஆளண்டாப் பட்சி [Aalandaapatchi], Current Show, Songs of a Coward: Poems of Exile

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Through a seeming act of providence, an old couple receives a day-old female goat kid as a gift from the cosmos. Thus begins the story of Poonachi, the little orphan goat.

As you follow her story from forest to habitation, independence to motherhood, you recognise in its significant moments the depth and magnitude of your own fears and longings, fuelled by the instinct for survival that animates all life. Masterly and nuanced, Perumal Murugan’s tale forces us reflect on our own responses to hierarchy and ownership, selflessness and appetite, love and desire, living and dying. Poonachi is the story of a goat who carries the burden of being different all her life, of a she-goat who survives against the odds. It is equally an expression of solidarity with the animal world and the female condition. The tale is also a commentary on our times, on the choices we make as a society and a nation, and the increasing vulnerability of individuals, particularly writers and artists, who resist when they are pressed to submit.

Perumal Murugan is one of the best Indian writers today. He trains his unsentimental eye on men and women who live in the margins of our society. He tells their stories with deep sympathy and calm clarity.

A lonely night watchman falls in love with the ghost of a rape victim. A terrified young goat thief finds himself surrounded by a mob baying for his blood. An old peasant exhausted by a lifetime of labour is consumed by jealousy and driven to an act of total destruction. Set in the arid Kongu landscape of rural Tamil Nadu, these tales illuminate the extraordinary acts that make up everyday lives.
Translated from the Tamil, Seasons of the Palm tells the story of an "untouchable" lad in bondage to a paternal yet powerful landlord. He struggles to keep a fragile happiness, but endless work and a stubborn hunger are never too far away. Relentless in its portrayal of the everyday humiliations of untouchablility, the novel is yet lyrical in its evocation of the grace with which the oppressed come to terms with their dark fate.
Ill-paid and always tired, Sathi, a young soda-seller, finds relief from the tedium of the everyday in marijuana and his friends—-vulnerable, desperate young men who work around a movie theatre. This is life lived in the shadows of show business, sustained by a petty and tiring commerce in sex and money.

Stylishly written in a manner that mimics the rapid cuts and forward movement of Indian cinema.
A king decrees that all humans be skinned alive. A man runs from words that hound him like a pack of wolves. A legion of white snakes sweeps across a land blighted by drought. A beleaguered soul laments the loss of a homeland. A coward's many virtues are lauded to disturbing effect.

By turns passionate, elegiac, angry, tender, nightmarish and courageous, the poems in Songs of a Coward weave an exquisite tapestry of rich images and turbulent emotions. Written during a period of immense personal turmoil, these verses are an enduring testament to the resilience of an imagination under siege and the liberating power of words in one's darkest moments.