Perumal Murugan raised a storm two years ago by ‘committing literary suicide’ in a Facebook post, as his book One-Part Woman was attacked by caste-Hindu groups. Here he talks about Jallikattu and the writer’s relationship with everyday politics.
"What I have put in this book though is an analogy with 1900 which really is a sort of a neglected moment in our thinking right now. But it was in that moment that we can document step changes in the scale and range of today what we would call globalisation."
As in the books of other great PoMo writers like Nabokov, Muriel Spark, Martin Amis or David Foster Wallace, Auster’s novels are odd, inscrutable and elusive—most of them have a writer as the main character, almost always with a block.
Doesn’t it demean the dignity of the prime minister’s high office to get barbs from a rival chief ministerial candidate like ‘I would request the superstar of our century to stop campaigning for the asses of Gujarat’?