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Book Title: WAVES|
The author of the book: Sundara Ramasamy
Edition: PENGUIN BOOKS
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Date of issue: April 18th 2013
ISBN 13: 9780143420156
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It is the curse of the Tamilian who reads in English to come to the great writers of his tongue through an adopted language. This curse is mine too, which is why I have to read the icons of my father's time in English. Sundara Ramaswamy is a recognised literary stalwart; his books lie about in most Tamil households, well thumbed and with page-corners turned back, and this is how I was first introduced to him too. Wanting to read him arose out of the simple desire to know what my father read when he was young, and when Penguin's superb translated editions started arriving, I picked them up immediately.
Waves is the first SuRa I picked up, and he had me from the first story in this collection, the 1987 Pakkathil Vantha Appa (A Day with my Father). The stories are all remarkably different (the anthology has stories written several decades apart, so this was perhaps a given), and the best are really, really good. My favourites were the 1991 Kaagankal (Crows), the 1958 Prasadam (translated with the same name) and the 1961 Meikaathal (True Love). The imagination of Kaagankal is quite simply brilliant, and that the stories, technically superior as they are, hold a torch to an another time is added pleasure.
The translation is quite good, preserving the original Tamil when necessary, and without needless flourishes or explanations that would ruin SuRa's simple, subtle prose.
Note - If you are coming to SuRa for the first time, you may do well to read the stories first and then go to Lakshmi Holmstrom's superb introduction to the volume. Might add a lot of perspective.
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Read information about the authorSundara Ramaswamy (1931–2005), fondly known as "Su.Ra" in literary circles, was one of the exponents of Tamil modern literature. He edited and published a literary magazine called Kalachuvadu. He wrote poetry under the penname "Pasuvayya". His novels are Oru Puliya Marathin Kathai (The Story of a Tamarind Tree), J.J Silakuripukal (J.J: Some Jottings, tr, A.R Venkadachalapathy, Katha, 2004) and Kuzhanthaikal, Penkal, Aankal (Children, Women, Men).
Ramaswamy was born on 30 May 1931, in Thazhuviya MahadevarKovil, a village in Nagercoil). At 20, he began his literary career, translating Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai's Malayalam novel, Thottiyude Makan into Tamil and writing his first short story, "Muthalum Mudivum", which he published in Pudimaipithan Ninaivu Malar.
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