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Short-listed for National Book Awards (Translation) 2020
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N Kalyan Raman
208 x 140 x 18 mm
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The Story of a Goat

Häftad,  Engelska, 2019-12-10
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LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FOR TRANSLATED LITERATURE As he did in the award-winning One Part Woman, in his newest novel, The Story of a Goat, Perumal Murugan explores a side of India that is rarely considered in the West: the rural lives of the country's farming community. He paints a bucolic yet sometimes menacing portrait, showing movingly how danger and deception can threaten the lives of the weakest through the story of a helpless young animal lost in a world it naively misunderstands. As the novel opens, a farmer in Tamil Nadu is watching the sunset over his village one quiet evening when a mysterious stranger, a giant man who seems more than human, appears on the horizon. He offers the farmer a black goat kid who is the runt of the litter, surely too frail to survive. The farmer and his wife take care of the young she-goat, whom they name Poonachi, and soon the little goat is bounding with joy and growing at a rate they think miraculous for such a small animal. Intoxicating passages from the goat's perspective offer a bawdy and earthy view of what it means to be an animal and a refreshing portrayal of the natural world. But Poonachi's life is not destined to be a rural idyll--dangers can lurk around every corner, and may sometimes come from surprising places, including a government that is supposed to protect the weak and needy. Is this little goat too humble a creature to survive such a hostile world? With allegorical resonance for contemporary society and examining hierarchies of caste and color, The Story of the Goat is a provocative but heartwarming fable from a world-class storyteller who is finally achieving recognition outside his home country.
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Praise for The Story of a Goat Longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature A New York Times Book Review Paperback Row Selection "[A] parable about village life, written with breathtaking and deceptive simplicity . . . Murugan traces the entire life of his little goat--her despair, her small acts of heroism, her longing--with Chekhovian clarity. Each sentence in Raman's supple translation is modest, sculpted and clean, but behind each you sense a fund of deep wisdom about the vagaries of the rains, politics, behavior--human and animal."--Parul Sehgal, New York Times "Perumal Murugan said his career as a novelist was dead. Lucky for us, he was wrong . . . The Story of a Goat, translated from Tamil by N. Kalyan Raman, jumps nimbly from fantasy to realism to parable . . . The effect is not so much escapist fantasy as existential reflection . . . The elegance of Murugan's simple tone will lull you deeper into his story . . . The early scenes of tiny Poonachi wandering in the field and cavorting with other goats are as soft as cashmere . . . Woven through this slim novel is an acidic satire . . . As The Story of a Goat demonstrates, just because we've put away childish things doesn't mean we have to deny ourselves the strange pleasure of fiction in which animals articulate their own curious perspectives on their lives--and ours."--Ron Charles, Washington Post "This slyly fabulist story inhabits the point of view of a sickly goat taken in by a poor Indian family. Murugan, whose novel One Part Woman was longlisted for a National Book Award for translation, fashions the goat's travails and victories into social commentary and a testament to nature's power."--New York Times Book Review "This fable of society, bureaucracy, and rural life centers on a Tamil farming couple in South India and the female goat they receive from a mysterious man. The boundaries between human and animal consciousness are blurred as the frail foundling matures under the couple's care, encountering maternal bliss and heartbreak. The small triumphs and tragedies of rural life, such as drought, material wealth, and run-ins with a comically inefficient provincial government, are relayed through the goat's trenchant observations, which poignantly expose how tightly the lives of caretakers and their livestock are bound."--New Yorker "The title character of Murugan's elegant new novel is indeed a joy . . . Murugan's marvelously observant narrative is equally interested in the visceral daily life of a farm creature . . . The greatest achievement of this remarkable novel is the empathy its adult readers will feel for a non-human creature; through Poonachi's tale we are reminded how much bonds us with the animal world."--USA Today "Fantastical . . . Through the thoughts of a rare black goat and the couple who adopt it, readers witness famines, death, and moments of beauty."--National Geographic "A narrative that goes beyond the humanistic toward a broader sense of universal empathy. Intimate and realistic in certain areas and mythic in others, this one might surprise you."--Words without Borders "Through the eyes of this miraculous creature, we are taken through rural India. But it's not all sunshine-filled romps in the field. Perumal Murugan also gives us a glimpse at the nuances of class in this community from a unique and charming perspective. It's a joy."--Literary Hub "A goat's life serves as an allegory for the human condition in this novel from an acclaimed Indian author . . . In anthropomorphizing Poonachi, Murugan finds a path to describe the essence of humans' struggle to survive while grasping for fleeting moments of joy and grace . . . In the tradition of George Orwell's Animal Farm . . . An affecting modern fable reflecting Murugan's enchanting capacity to make a simple story resonate on many levels."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "

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Perumal Murugan is one of India's most well-known literary writers. He has written ten novels and five collections each of short stories and poetry. His best-known novel One Part Woman was longlisted for the inaugural National Book Award for Translation, and it won the prestigious ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman for writing in Indian languages and the Translation Prize from India's National Academy of Letters.