Kusumabale by Devanoora MahadevaKusumabale by Devanoora Mahadeva


byDevanoora Mahadeva

Paperback | March 18, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$16.65 online 
$18.50 list price save 10%
Earn 83 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


Ships within 1-3 weeks

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


Midnight- when stone and water melt- at the village entrance, the guardian-lamp spirits meet, they talk, exchange notes, share joys, share sorrows. Devanoora Mahadeva leads us to a world of spirits ruled by a strong sense of justice. As we listen in, their conversation introduces four generations of a family: Akkamahadevamma; her son Yaada; his son Somappa; and the main protagonist, Somappa's daughter, Kusuma. In this intricately woven cosmos,death casts its shadow. Following the different voices around, we come face to face with the harsh realities of Dalit life.Steered by the nuances of folk tale and oral tradition, this extraordinary account of feudal oppression presents a rare blend of poetry and prose. A modern classic, when it first appeared in 1988, Kusumabale marked a turning point in modern Kannada literature.
Devanoora Mahadeva is one of the most important writers of contemporary Kannada literature. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for Kusumabale in 1990. Susan Daniel is a freelance translator. This is her first full-length translation.
Title:KusumabaleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:March 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199457018

ISBN - 13:9780199457014


Table of Contents

Author's NoteTranslator's NoteVivek Shanbhag: IntroductionKusumabaleAbout the Author and the Translator