The liberation of Sita

Title The liberation of Sita
Author Volga; transl. from the Telugu by T. Vijay Kumar; C. Vijayasree
Publication Harper
Size 127p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 9789352775019
Topics Indian fiction--Telugu--Translated into English
Indian fiction--Telugu--Women
Indian fiction--Telugu--Mythology
Sita (Hindu deity)
Feminism in literature
Notes Valmiki’s Ramayana is the story of Rama’s exile and return to Ayodhya, a triumphant king who will always do right by his subjects. In Volga’s retelling, it is Sita who, after being abandoned by Purushottam Rama, embarks on an arduous journey to self-realization. Along the way, she meets extraordinary women who have broken free from all that held them back: Husbands, sons and their notions of desire, beauty and chastity. The minor women characters of the epic as we know it – Surpanakha, Renuka, Urmila and Ahalya – steer Sita towards an unexpected resolution. Meanwhile, Rama too must reconsider and weigh out his roles as the king of Ayodhya and as a man deeply in love with his wife. A powerful subversion of India’s most popular tale of morality, choice and sacrifice, The Liberation of Sita opens up new spaces within the old discourse, enabling women to review their lives and experiences afresh. This is Volga at her feminist best.
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