Translated by NISHA SUSAN
Publication: January 2022
Page Extent: 120
Release Type: Trans./Eng
Acclaimed writer K.R. Meera’s much-talked-about novella comes to life in award-winning journalist and author Nisha Susan’s sterling translation.
Who’s the reader?
All readers of good fiction, everyone interested in translated works or Indian fiction, readers of feminist fiction, readers interested in exploring the fraying of our secular democracy
About the Book
A MESMERIC NOVELLA EXPLORES THE HARD TRUTHS ABOUT THE INTERTWINED HISTORIES OF HINDUS AND MUSLIMS IN INDIA, AS WELL AS THE CHASMS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN.
As the foundations are laid for a temple to rise on the site of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, voices rise from the ground in a small town in central Kerala. She is a judge in a district court, and he a petitioner in a seemingly banal property dispute. But the very first hearing tosses the judge’s life into disarray. The scent of pink Edward roses, the iridescent scales of snakes, the sceptre—and science—of vanishing twins. Girls whose feet do not touch the ground. Irascible and comically powerful ancestors. In this illusory landscape are the hard truths about the
intertwined histories of Hindus and Muslims in India, as well as the chasms between men and women. mA hypnotic novella by K.R. Meera, deftly translated by Nisha Susan, Qabar echoes with the dizzying knowledge that verdicts are not solutions.
About the Author
Multiple-award-winning author and journalist K.R. Meera has published short stories, novels and essays, and has won some of the most prestigious literary prizes. Most recently, she won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Aarachar, widely hailed as a contemporary classic and published in English as Hangwoman.
About the Translator
Nisha Susan is the co-founder of two award-winning media companies, The Ladies Finger and Grist Media. She is the author of The Women Who Forgot to Invent Facebook and Other Stories (Context, 2020). She currently writes ‘Cheap Thrills’, a column on millennials, time and obsessions for Mint Lounge.