About the Book :
This selection contains some of the most fascinating contemporary Malayalam stories by women. A struggling single mother listens to her little girls urgent and original projects to bring them riches. The arctic landscapes of her childhood reading shift strangely when a woman decides to visit them for herself. Another story describes an ordinary afternoon where nothing really happensexcept that dreamscapes resurface with an undertow of remembered pain. Stories possess a fine-grained sense of placeclaustrophobic tharavads, forest sounds, the songs of fishermen. Sexual violence is explored in all its complexitymale 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
About the Author :
G.S. JAYASREE is Reader in English and Director of the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, and is Editor of Samyukta: A Journal of Women's Studies. SREEDEVI K. NAIR MEHDI 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.