About the Book
Rama Raja Bahadur is one of a trilogy of historical novels by C.V. historical novel revolves round state of Travancore, well-governed by its great ruler Rama Varma Raja, ably assisted by his Diwan. It is under of an invasion by Tippu Sultan and by the treacherous activities of its own subjects. The story could be that of any historical novel, but it is in the creation of life-like and sometimes, larger than life characters that the book stands above the ordinary historical novels: Diwan kesava Pillai, Kesavan Unnithan, his wife Meenakshi Amma, their daughter Savitri who combines womanly grace with the valour of her illustrious ancestors, Kunchaikutti Pillai Karyakkar and on the other side, the dominating figure of Kali Udayan Chandrakkaran who comes variously clad as Kaliprabhava Bhattan and Manicka Goundan. There is also the large figure of Perinchakodan with his shadowy alter ego Parapanda. Along with the toils of war and state craft, there is also the adventurous story of Trivikraman and Savitri. Yet another love story, that of Devaki, tragic this time, occurs in the latter part of the novel.
About the Author
C.V. Raman Pillai (1852-1922) one of the great Malayalam novelists, was born in the erstwhile Travancore State and graduated in 1881 from Madras University. Even while a student, he had taken interest in the political and social issues of the time. Some of the article he published anonymously at that time attracted attention and discussion. He was associated with Malayalam as its founder editor. The first book publisher by C.V. was a satire called Chandramukhivilasam (1884).
He has to his credit a number of novels and satirical plays, but he is at his best in the trilogy of historical novels, Marthanda Varma, Dharma Raja
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Book Description Sahitya Akademi. Book Condition: New. pp. xii + 495. Bookseller Inventory # 7672993