byThakazhi Sivasankara PillaiTranslated byAnita Nair

December 15, 2016|
Chemmeen by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
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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 marry Pareekkutty for religious reasons, Karutthamma instead marries Palani, who, despite his wife’s scandalous past, never stops trusting her—a trust that is reaffirmed each time he goes to sea and comes back safe. For the fishermen have an important saying: the safe return of a fisherman depends on the fidelity of his wife. Then, one fateful night, Karutthamma and Pareekkutty meet and their love is rekindled while Palani is at sea, baiting a shark.

Previously available only in India, this hugely successful novel was adapted into a film, winning great critical acclaim and commercial success. Anita Nair’s evocative translation from Malayalam brings this tale of love and longing, a classic of Indian literature, to a new audience.
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (1912–1999) was an award-winning Malayali novelist and short story writer. The author of many works, his best known include Kayar and Chemmeen. Anita Nair is the author of The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, and Lessons in Forgetting.
Title:ChemmeenFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:264 pages, 8 X 5 X 1 inShipping dimensions:264 pages, 8 X 5 X 1 inPublished:December 15, 2016Publisher:Seagull BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0857423916

ISBN - 13:9780857423917

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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