Pyre

Title Pyre
Original title பூக்குழி
Author Perumal Murugan; transl. from the Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Publication Hamish Hamilton
Size 200p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 9780670087754
Topics Indian fiction--Tamil--Translated into English
Indian fiction--Tamil--Social
Marriage--India
Marriage--Intercaste
Notes Saroja and Kumaresan are in love. After a hasty wedding, they arrive in Kumaresan’s village, harbouring the dangerous secret that their marriage is an inter-caste one, likely to anger the villagers should they learn of it. Kumaresan is confident that all will be well. He naively believes that after the initial round of curious questions, the inquiries will die down and the couple will be left alone. But nothing is further from the truth. The villagers strongly suspect that Saroja must belong to a different caste. It is only a matter of time before their suspicions harden into certainty and, outraged, they set about exacting their revenge. With spare, powerful prose, Murugan masterfully conjures a terrifying vision of intolerance in this devastating tale of innocent young love pitted against chilling savagery. [blurb]
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