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Give Us This Day A Feast of Flesh


Where­ the word becomes flesh, where reason is dazzled and magic reigns supreme: in that world delves Rajkumar. Sensuous and ferocious, the poetry of Rajkumar cracks open a world that offers the modern reader stunning glimpses into a magic­drenched, living dalit history. Born into a traditional shaman community in a border town between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Rajkumar revels in his ability to claim disparate discourses as his poetic subjects. His angry goddesses of unreason and excessive emo­tion embody unfettered power, independence and freedom—elements excised from the daily life of the dalit.

Anushiya Ramaswamy, through her inspired translations, and in an essay that locates Rajkumar’s insurrections in a global literary context, shows how the poet is not writing for inclusion into a center: he has re­drawn the lines in such a way that the center itself is meaningless. The center has the right of it to fear the Other, the Mohini, the darkness, the Isakki, the mother with her breasts full of the poisonous essence, for

We who cannot experience

The Brahmam

Link hands and walk

With our Jungle Gods.

Author: N. D. Rajkumar, translated by Anushiya Ramaswamy
Year: 2010
Price: Rs. 180
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 8.5 in x 6.5 in
Publisher: Navayana
ISBN 13: 9788189059330

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