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Citation By the Judges

Citation By the Judges
Citation By the Judges
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"In 1992, when Bama published her novel Karukku in Tamil, she in fact broke the silence of a large class of people, lying unarticulated over a long period in history. The imaginative and honest life-story of a woman, who is a Dalit and Christian, becomes as much fiction as autobiographical.

Karakku, the title of the novel, means Palmyra leaves, double-edged like the words used in the novel. Such a woman's life can perhaps find voice most appropriately in the emotionally rich idiom evolved by the author. The language of the novel is quietly hurtful, both to the speaker as well as the listener, to the writer as much as the reader.

The authenticity of the original voice is retained wonderfully well in the directness of the language of the translation by Lakshmi Holmstorm. The simplicity of the tale is in reality pregnant with the complex nuances of the entire social context."

J.P. Das
Sukrita Kumar
Dilip Kumar

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