Author : Damodar Mauzo

Translator : Vidya Pai

9788126019182 | Hardback | pp. 282 | 2013 | Sahitya Akademi

Karmelin is the moving saga of a young orphaned girl’s trials and tribulations and of her attempt to break free from the shackles of poverty.

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The novel follows the fortunes of Karmelin, the eponymous protoganist who, let down by a drunken wastrel husband and pursued by poverty, bravely maps her own destiny. She is eventually compelled to work as a maid in Kuwait to ensure a better future for her family and to repay old debts. Leading Konkani writer, Damodar Mauzo weaves a moving tale of sexual exploitation, machinations within the family, caste conflicts in the Christian community, sexist Arab bosses,and above all,the bitter-sweet triumphs of Karmelin – all set in the metropolitan location of modern day Kuwait and the lush, verdant landscape of Goa. Karmelin has bagged the Sahitya Akademi award and also several other literary awards in Konkani literature.

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About the Contributors

Damodar Mauzo is a fiction writer who has been writing for over three decades. He runs a business in his village but pursues his passion of writing fiction. Many of his stories have been translated into other Indian languages.

Vidya Pai is a well known translator,who has worked for various prestigious publishing houses like Penguins,British Council etc.,


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