Short Story in translation

Black chinks

Print edition : June 22, 2018
Malayalam fiction has never been the same after Sarah Joseph’s assault on its patriarchal language 25 years ago. Her Ramayana stories stand out in the tradition of feminist critiques of the epic. One of them, “Karutthathulakal”(1998), translated by J. Devika as “Black chinks” appeared in “The Masculine of Virgin” (OUP, 2012). This Ramayana story is a fictitious account of the fate of Manthara, Kaikeyi’s confidant. Sarah Joseph presents the character and her intentions, revealing through them a picture of intrigue and power-hunger in Ayodhya.
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