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Gift in Green

Sarah Joseph. Translated by Valson Thampu

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ISBN 10: 9350291622 / ISBN 13: 9789350291627
Published by HarperCollins India, 2011
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Gift in Green written originally in Malayalam is a tantalizingly unconventional narrative that explores on multiple levels the pain and poetry that eventuate from the disruption of the intimate relationship between a people and their life-world using water the ?water-life? of the people of Aathi as the overarching metaphor that mirrors the degradation of the societyBetween the polarities of attachment and abandonment darkness and light predatory progress and the sheer will to survive unfolds the saga of a people confronted by the behemoth of progress driven by Kumaranwho seeks to abandon water-life threatening its very existence But such is the author?s faith in the resilience of life and nature and her belief in the futility of trying to control something as fluid and eternal as water-life that what promises to be the end is also the hope of a new beginningThis is the first instance in Indian literary history of a novel in a regional language being translated and published concurrently in English 384 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 102100

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Title: Gift in Green

Publisher: HarperCollins India

Publication Date: 2011

Binding: Pbk

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An eco-spiritual search for light and life in a world inching towards dystopia Gift in Green, written originally in Malayalam, is a tantalizingly unconventional narrative that explores, on multiple levels, the pain and poetry that eventuate from the disruption of the intimate relationship between a people and their life-world, using water (the water-life of the people of Aathi) as the overarching metaphor that mirrors the degradation of the society.

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Sarah Joseph is an eminent Malayali author and social activist. All four of her previous novels have won prestigious state-level awards. Valson Thampu is the principal of St. Stephen s College, Delhi. He won the Vodafone Crossword Award for his translation of Sarah Joseph s third novel, Othappu, titled The Scent of the Other Side (2009). A theologian, professor, priest and free-thinker, he resides in Delhi.

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