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Love, As The Chairman Smiles

A novel about the Emer­gency era, stating its horrors as if in a reportage

Love, As The Chairman Smiles
Love, As The Chairman Smiles
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2016-07-29T22:55:30+05:30

When a book like K.R. Meera’s The Gospel of Yudas sits on your desk after being devoured, you think of love. The immortal lines of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf’s innumerable letters, Freddie Mercury’s Love Kills, even bad Bollywood—the reader may get overwhelmed by flashes from one, or all, of these.

In Meera’s novella, love reigns supreme. Like Prema, the protagonist, the reader is tormented by love that permeates each page. All this in a novel about the Emer­gency era, stating its horrors as if in a reportage! This is where the Malayalam writer bids fair to join the haloed league of Yeats, Marquez and Neruda. Despite the overt political content of their works, love rei­gns supreme.

Drawn by the terrible beauty of Naxalite ideology, the teenaged Prema con­vi­nces herself that deliverance lies in being loved by Yudas. She is almost sure that he was an ex-Naxalite tortured by her policeman father. In pursuing the elusive Yudas, she undertakes what Ami­tav Ghosh...

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