Jeyamohan Vishnupuram Novel Review Essay

B. Jeyamohan (b. 1962) is a Tamil writer and literary critic based in Nagarcoil, India. One of India's finest authors writing today, he has travelled the length and breadth of the Indian subcontinent, and his work examines and reinterprets India’s rich literary and classical traditions. His best-known, critically acclaimed novel, Vishnupuram (1997), is an epic fantasy that layers history, myth-making, and philosophy. His works of fiction include the novels Pin Thodarum Nizhalin Kural (1999), Kaadu (2003), Kottravai (2005), and Vellai Yaanai (2013), and explore diverse themes ranging from ideological anguish following the collapse of Soviet Russia to the symbol of the mother goddess in Tamil cultural history to the great famine of Madras in 1876-78. A prolific writer, his output includes multiple novels, short stories, volumes of literary criticism, writer biographies, introductory texts to Indian and Western literature, books on philosophy, and numerous other translations and collections. At present, he is working on an ongoing serialised retelling of the Indian epic Mahabharata called Venmurasu (The White Drum), with thirteen volumes published so far, and the fourteenth in progress. When completed, this would be one of the longest novels in the world. His website can be found here.

Suchitra Ramachandran is a twenty-nine-year-old translator from Madurai, India. She primarily translates between Tamil and English. She spent her childhood in towns all over India, “drinking the waters of many rivers,” as the Tamil phrase goes. Her early exposure to a variety of linguistic and cultural milieus, both within and outside her native Tamil land, shaped her literary outlook and inspired her to take up literary translation. She has published a limited-edition volume of illustrated English translations of Tamil Sangam-era poems (Kuruntokai—Love, Loss, Landscapes, Mulligatawny Books, Chennai, 2016). Suchitra has a doctoral degree in biological sciences from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA, and is currently a post-doctoral neuroscientist based in Basel, Switzerland.

Malaysia-based Tamil writer C.Muthusamy has been chosen for this year’s Vishnupuram Award, instituted by The Vishnupuram Ilakkiya Vattam. The prize, which carries a cash award of Rs. 1,00,000 and a mementocarried honours under-recognised pioneers and senior writers in Tamil literature.

The special speakers at the event include authors Jeyamohan, PA Krishnan, Naveen, Rajagaopalan and Janice Pariat. Naveen’s short film, Rubber Vithaigaludan Vilayaadum Kalaignan will be screened and the Tamil translations of Janice Pariat’s short stories and a book on Muthusamy will be released.

C. Muthusamy’s short stories, novels and poems, have been published in several Malaysian publications. His novel Mann Puzhukkal won the first prize at a competition conducted by the Malaysia Tamil Writers Sangam. His other notable works include Iraigal , Irulil Alaiyum Kuralgal , Vidhaigal Paalaivananthil Mulaipathillai .

When and where

  • December 17, 6.00 pm

  • Rajasthani Sangh, DB Road, RS Puram

  • 98940-33123

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