Chemmeen : The Enduring Classic

Chemmeen : The Enduring Classic

Chemmeen : The Enduring Classic

First published in 1956, Chemmeen tells the story of the relationship between Karutthamma, a Hindu woman from the fisherfolk community,...

  • ISBN: 9789350290866
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  • Author T. S. Pillai
  • Publisher Harper Perennial
  • Binding Paperback
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First published in 1956, Chemmeen tells the story of the relationship between Karutthamma, a Hindu woman from the fisherfolk community, and Pareekkutty, the son of a Muslim fish wholesaler. Unable to live with the man she loves, Karutthamma marries Palani, who, despite the scandal about his wife\'s past, never stops trusting her, a trust that is reaffirmed each time he goes to sea and comes back safe since the \'sea-mother\' myth among the fishermen community goes that the safe return of a fisherman depends on the fidelity of his wife. Then, one night, Karutthamma and Pareekkutty meet and their love is rekindled while Palani is at sea, baiting a shark ...

The hugely successful novel was adapted into a film of the same name, and won critical acclaim and commercial success. Anita Nair\'s evocative translation brings this classic of Indian literature to a new generation that hasn\'t had the opportunity to savour this tale of love and longing.

About the Author

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (1912–1999) was a Malayali novelist and short story writer whose work focused on the oppressed classes. He has written several novels and over 600 short stories. His best-known works include Kayar and Chemmeen. He won the Kendra Sahitya Academy award in 1958 and the Jnanpith award in 1984.

Anita Nair is the bestselling author of The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress & Lessons in Forgetting. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. She is a columnist with DNA and Yathra. This is her first work of translation.
Author T. S. Pillai
ISBN 9789350290866
Langauage English
Pages 276
Publisher Harper Perennial
Binding Paperback

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