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Tamil Novel Madhorubhagan written by Perumal Murugan

Jan 14, 2015 15:15 IST

Madhorubhagan: Perumal Murugan
Tamil Novel titled Madhorubhagan authored by Perumal Murugan was in news in the second week of January 2015. It was in news as some organisations have demanded to ban the book and jail the author.

The threat from organisations has led the author Murgan to give up writing.

The book, though written four years back, came into limelight after its English translated version One Part Woman was published by Penguin India on 1 December 2015. It has been translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan.

The book lays bare with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictates of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties, vividly conjuring an intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage, love and sex.

The book unfolds the complexity of social convention by telling the love story of Kali and Ponna who faced problems in conceiving a child. To conceive child they did prayers, penance, potions and pilgrimages.

Their hopes and apprehension came to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara and the revelry surrounding it.


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