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A Place to Live

Contemporary Tamil Short Fiction

Edited by Dilip Kumar

Penguin India
Review by Vaijayanti Gupta
16 February 2009Vaijayanti Gupta, a molecular biologist by profession, is an Associate Editor for Women's Issues at India Together, and on the editorial team for Education Journal. She volunteers with the Association for India's Development on gender and women's issues.

Book Description: Innumerable strands of ethnic, regional and universal experiences are woven together in this collection of fine short fiction spanning four decades-1960_1990-in which the short story emerged as the definitive genre of modern Tamil literature. Twenty-nine famous names are represented here-from Rajanarayanan to Paavannan and many others who have encapsulated the joys, sorrows and peculiar challenges of life in Tamil Nadu.

Translated by Dilip Kumar, whose mother tongue is Gujarati, a well-known short story writer in Tamil with several awards to his credit. He has published two collections of short stories (Moongil Kuruthu, Cre-A, Chennai, 1985, and Kaduvu, Cre-A, Chennai, 2000) and a critical work on Mauni-a pioneer of Tamil short stories (Mouniyudan Koncha Thooram, Vanadhi Pathipagam, Chennai, 1992). He lives in Chennai and runs a small literary bookshop.

Life and Language. Review in the Sunday Tribune.

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