The Legends Of Khasak

The Legends Of Khasak (English, Paperback, Vijayan O V)

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The Legends Of Khasak  (English, Paperback, Vijayan O V)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd
    • Genre: Fiction
    • ISBN: 9780143063674, 0143063677
    • Pages: 216
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    The Legends Of Khasak is a literary masterpiece about a young man named Ravi, who wanders into a remote village called Khasak in Kerala. This novel covers the boy’s experiences in the new place, and also brings to light his existential crisis.

    Summary Of The Book

    The Legends Of Khasak revolves around an under-graduate dropout named Ravi, who has had an illicit affair. Overcome with guilt, the young man leaves behind a research offer from Princeton University, and goes off on a long pilgrimage. Ravi finds himself in Khasak, a remote village in the beautiful Palghat countryside of Kerala. His guilt and anguish make him go through an existential crisis as well.

    In this new place, Ravi sets up a makeshift school with the help of the District Board’s education initiative. The elders in the village see him as a threat, and doubt his intentions. The Legends Of Khasak describes Ravi’s interaction with the villagers, as well as with the students of his school. Through these encounters, the author showcases many superstitions and myths that exist in this part of the world. The protagonist also realizes that karma follows a person, no matter where he goes.

    The Legends Of Khasak was originally published in 1969, and was named Khasakkinte Itihasam. It took the author twelve years to complete this path-breaking Malayalam novel. In 1970, Vijayan won the Odakkuzhal Award for this book. Khasakkinte Itihasam has seen fifty reprints in the last four decades. It is the highest selling novel in South Asia. It was translated into English in 1994 by the author himself.

    About O. V. Vijayan

    Ootupulackal Velukkuty Vijayan, born in 1930, was an Indian writer and cartoonist. He has been one of the most important literary figures of the Malayalam language.

    The author has written novels, essays, short stories, memoirs, and cartoons. Some of his short stories are Kattu Paranja Katha, Vargasamaram Swathwam, Andhanum Akalangal Kaanunnavanum, and Khoshayathrayil Thaniye.

    The author studied at Victoria College in Palakkad, and then completed his Master’s in English Literature from Presidency College. Vijayan’s works have been published in the Far Eastern Economic Review and The Statesman. In 1990, the author was given the Sahitya Akademi Award, as well as the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. He became the recipient of the Mathrubhumi Sahitya Award in 2004. Vijayan passed away in 2005, after battling Parkinson's Disease for twenty years.

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    • India Penguin Modern Classics
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    • 198 mm
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    • 129 mm
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    5

    Possibly one of the best Indian writing

    This is amply clear as Orhan Pamuk had once mentioned that a huge amount of human emotions are not expressed in English. However a large amount of literature not written in English is available to most Indians through a translation in English.
    However hardly it has been the case where a writer in an Indian language has translated his own book into English. In fact, `The Legends of Khasak´ is the first book I came across which has been translated into English by the author himself. The author ...
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    lalty dutta

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    Jun, 2012

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    Touches your soul

    If you are a type of person who would like to look further beyond the lines of the book,I would recommend this.
    It is one of the best translations, I have read so far.The author mesmerises you with his writing and perspective of the world.It is very poetic and surely you need patience.
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    Aswathy Edison

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    Mesmerisingly Brilliant

    Such a brilliant book.
    I haven't read the original Malayalam version, but as the author mentioned earlier, a lot has been lost in translation. I believe that would be true. My mother said that its a very difficult book to understand( she was talking about the original). That is because of the Palakkad slang that is prominent in the book i believe. Since that has been completely removed in the English version(it had to be), it was a smooth read.
    The fictitious land of Khasak stays in your mind...
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    Harsh Gopal

    Jul, 2014

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    Worth the money

    Good one to read.
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    Karthick Customer

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    Worst experience ever!

    Quality is pathetic 🙄
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    kuldeep patel

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    Brilliant

    Received in good condition
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    Tathagat Banerjee

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    Good quality product

    Gudone but bookmark is missing
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    Rahul Jha

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    5

    Perfect product!

    Well delivered by flipkart !
    This book is an old time classic in the field of dark writing.O.V Vijayan's vision was brilliant ranging from secularism to communism.Must read if you are a fan of indian literature and dark writing.
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    Mind-blowing purchase

    One of the Best Indian novels I had ever read. A captivating journey into the mythical village of Khasak. With astounding elements of Magical realism, O V Vijayan can be regarded as Márquez of India.
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    Very bad

    Never bye the product
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    Q:isn't it available in hardcover??
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