The Samyukta Anthology of Malayam Stories
Editors:G S Jayasree & Sreedevi K Nair
About the Book
His selection contains some of the most fascinating contemporary Malayalam stories by
women. A struggling single mother listens to her little girl’s urgent and original projects
to bring them riches. The arctic landscapes of her childhood reading shift strangely when a woman decides to visit them. Another story describes an ordinary afternoon where nothing really happens—except that dreamscapes resurface with an undertow of remembered pain. Stories possess a fine-grained sense of place—claustrophobic theravadas, forest sounds, the songs of fishermen. Sexual violence is explored in all its complexity—male fears, a girl’s pleasure in her body, recurring encounters with casual abuse, with fiction that does violence to female experience. These stories first appeared in Samyukta: A Journal of Women’s Studies, brought out by the Samyukta Women’s Studies Collective.
…the collective has taken the initiative to highlight the accomplishments of women in Malayam literature…The present anthology is something special…–The Hindu.
G S Jayasree is Reader in English and Director of the Centre for women’s Studies at the University of Kerela, Thiruvananthapuram, and is editor of Samyukta: A Journal of Women’s Studies.
About the Author
Sreedevi K Nair teaches English at the N.S.S. College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram Her book Malayalathinte Kathaakaarikal carries interviews with ten Malayalam women writers, and she has received the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi Award for translation.