A girl swallowed by a tree: Lotha Naga Tales Retold
Author: Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton
9789384465087 | PB | pp. 209 | 2017 | Adivaani
This is a book that should be used like a pathfinder for other books on oral narratives. Literature from the Northeast has been suppressed too long by mainstream publishing that requires writers from the region to write within a prescribed box and format.
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This is a marvelously brave book. I know Jasmine has swum against the tide of publishers wanting her to fit her book into their agenda, and her refusal to do so testifies to her faith in her book. This is a book that should be used like a pathfinder for other books on oral narratives. Literature from the Northeast has been suppressed too long by mainstream publishing that requires writers from the region to write within a prescribed box and format. Here is a writer daring to write oral literature her way, retaining the flavor of oral storytelling, including Lotha words that are culturally untranslatable in their original forms, unashamedly using the logic of the oral narrator and taking us back to an age when ‘all animals and insects could talk, and streams could babble, and all creation had the gift of language’.
Nzanmongi Jasmine Patton and Easterine Kire
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About the Contributors
Easterine Kire is a poet, novelist, short-story writer and a writer of children’s books. Her first novel, A Naga Village Remembered (reissued as Sky Is My Father), was also the first Naga novel to be published in English. Her other novels include Son of the Thundercloud (winner of the Bal Sahitya Puraskar 2018 and the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Award 2017); Bitter Wormwood (shortlisted for the Hindu Prize 2013); When the River Sleeps (winner of the Hindu Prize 2015); and Don’t Run, My Love.
Easterine Kire’s work has been translated into German, Croatian, Uzbek, Norwegian and Nepali. In 2011 she was awarded the governor’s medal for excellence in Naga literature.
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