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The Writings of M. T. Vasudevan Nair
M. T. Vasudevan Nair and V. Abdulla, Gita Krishnankutty (tr.)
Price : ₹ 750.00  
ISBN : 9789352873609
Language : English
Pages : 572
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 140 x 216 mm
Year : 2018
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Territorial Rights : World
Imprint : No Image
About the Book

The Writings of M. T. Vasudevan Nair brings together three of renowned Malayalam writer M. T. Vasudevan Nair’s works—Mist and The Soul of Darkness (translations of the acclaimed novellas, Manhu and Irutinde Atmavu), Kaalam and Kuttiedathi and Other Stories.

Narrating the experiences ofwaiting for a lost lover (Mist) and the pain of being treated abominably by one’s family for being ‘not normal’ (The Soul of Darkness), these poignant stories speak of lost hopes.

Set in the context of the crumbling matrilineal tarawad system of the Nairs in Kerala, Kaalam narrates the story of disillusionment of an ambitious adolescent, Sethumadhavan Nair, as he journeys towards adulthood; these experiences reflect MT’s own childhood in many ways.

Kuttiedathi and Other Stories encompasses the middle class lives and sufferings of people in Northern Kerala. Touching upon themes of memory, domestic martyrdom and passion, these stories are narrated in Nair’s minimalistic yet profound style.

The volume also features an Introduction by eminent academic and scholar of Malayalam literature, P. P. Raveendran.

Table of Contents

Introduction: MT and the Art of Artlessness
P. P. Raveendran

Mist & The Soul of Darkness
Foreword by V. Abdulla 

The Soul of Darkness 

Translator’s Preface 

Kinship Terms 

Kuttiedathi and Other Stories
Foreword by Ayyappa Paniker 

1. Kuttiedathi 
2. Bondage 
3. The Enemy 
4. Red Earth 
5. Once Again in Search of a Refuge
6. The Sale 
7. When the Doors of Heaven Open 
8. Kadugannawa: A Travel Note 
9. The Deluge 
10. Insight 


Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Madath Thekkepat Vasudevan Nair is a renowned storywriter and is also among Kerala’s most popular script writers and directors of mainstream cinema. The Government of India honoured him with the Padmabhushan in 2005.


V. Abdulla (1921–2003), a seasoned and sensitive translator, was awarded the Yatra Award (1995) and the Sevarathna Award (1996) for translation.

Gita Krishnankutty has translated a number of Malayalam works into English. She has won both the Sahitya Akademi Award and the Crossword Award for translation.