Aranyakand: Forest Saga


Author : Mahabaleshwar Sail
Translator: Vidya Pai

9780199455270 | PB | pp. 136 | 2017 | Oxford University Press

A hard-hitting tale of trauma, loss, and the innate will to survive, Aranyakand is a sensitive and realistic portrayal of the lives of the oppressed.

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Poverty, debt, and starvation define the existence of a group of laborers. As outcasts they face extreme resentment from other village folk and journey to a faraway place in search of sustenance. Once there, another series of nightmarish events unfolds and their lives continue to mirror the age-old clash between the wealthy and the downtrodden. In a desperate attempt to return home, the group escapes to a forest where it encounters nature which is no longer benign. Will this group complete its journey? Or is ‘home’ a mere illusion, forever beyond reach?

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Mahabaleshwar Sail
Translator: Vidya Pai




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About the Contributors

Mahabaleshwar Sail is a prolific writer with four short story collections and five novels to his credit. He has received many awards including the Sahitya Akademi Award for his short story collection Tarangam (1993) and the Katha Award (2007).

Vidya Pai has translated four novels as well as several essays and short stories including Pundalik N. Naik’s Acchev (OUP, 2002). She has received the Katha Award (1993) and the Humanscape Translation Award (1996).


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