Pyre

Pyre

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From the author of One Part Woman and The Story of a Goat, both longlisted for the National Book Award for Translation, comes a poignant and startling novel about love, caste, and intoleranceProfiled in both the New Yorker and the New York Times, Perumal Murugan is one of India's highest selling and most respected literary writers, and Pyre is perhaps his most beloved work. Saroja and Kumaresan are young and in love. After meeting in a small southern Indian town where Kumaresan works at a soda bottling shop, they quickly marry before returning to Kumaresan's family village, where they hope to build a happy life together. But they are harboring a terrible secret: Saroja is from a different caste than Kumaresan, and if the villagers find out, they will both be in grave danger. Faced with venom from her mother-in-law and questions from her new neighbors, Saroja tries to adjust to a new lonely and uncomfortable life, while Kumaresan struggles to scrape together enough money for them to start over somewhere new. Will their love keep them safe in a world filled with thorns? In evocative prose, Perumal Murugan masterfully conjures a moving tale of innocent young love pitted against chilling violence.

Author: Perumal Murugan
Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat
Published: 02/15/2022
Pages: 224
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.45lbs
Size: 8.10h x 5.50w x 0.80d
ISBN: 9780802159335

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 11/08/2021
Booklist 12/01/2021 pg. 23
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2022

About the Author

Aniruddhan Vasudevan writes and translates between Tamil and English. He is currently a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows and Lecturer in Anthropology and the Humanities Council (2020-2023), Princeton University.