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Age of Frenzy
Author: Mahabaleshwar Sail
Translated by Vidya Pai
9789353024895 | PB | pp. 328 | 2019 | Harper Perennial
Age of Frenzy, a novel based in Goa in the 16th century, documents a turbulent past of religious rifts, caste hierarchies and power shifts which changed the ethos of a significant part of the western coastline of India forever.
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It’s 1510. The Portuguese arrive in Goa armed with guns, swords and crucifixes to the agricultural village of Adolshi, where Hindus have been living peacefully. A sense of foreboding fills them as tigers prowl, cow bones appear in wells, chariot wheels break on festival day. The Portuguese king has licensed Jesuits to take over and staunch white men move about preaching the word of the Son of God. Land is seized, families broken. But Padre Simao Peres is convinced that love and not force will bring about a change of heart. With the Inquisition looming like an axe over everyone’s heads, a saga of choice plays out for the people of the village. Recounting a history forgotten to most people now, Age of Frenzy documents a turbulent past of religious rifts, caste hierarchies and power shifts which changed the ethos of a significant part of the western coastline of India forever.
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About the Contributors
Mahabaleshwar Sail has written four short-story collections and six novels. He received the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 and the Katha Award in 2007.
Vidya Pai began translating full-time from Konkani after she won an award at the first Katha-British Council Translation Contest in 1993.
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