Qabar, translated from the original in Malayalam by Nisha Susan, is everything you are looking for when you pick a K.R. Meera book. You have women protagonists who leave a stamp on you with the core of their beings, their desire and longings, the way they pick themselves up when they find parts of them chipped away; you have the writing in all its glory but also contained by the character arcs, so nothing is out of place.
The novella is short but the length it takes you to is infinite. Central to the plot is the matter of a piece of land and the legal wrangle over it that could possibly set off major rumblings between two opposing parties of different faiths. But it is the musings over changing sides, the shifty-natured journey of written records vis-a-vis personal associations on one hand, and the very nature of ‘history’ that can be manipulated, on the other, that embellish the main story.