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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. What a stunner! I'm overwhelmed. Please get a copy of this at the soonest. It'll be the best thing you've read in a while. Also, please note that while this is a translation, it is written by the author himself, and may be regarded as a separate work in its own right.
View all 8 comments. Jan 19, Arun Divakar rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. The English language has a word that can aptly summarize this book : Magic. Amidst these pages is sketched a portrait of a place named Khasak. A sleepy hamlet isolated from the relatively bustling town of Palakkadu in northern Kerala is Khasak.
To say that I loved the landscape of this tale would be an understatement. Even seven years after my first read, I can thin The English language has a word that can aptly summarize this book : Magic.
Even seven years after my first read, I can think back and listen to the wind moaning, howling or raging among the palm fronds. I can visualise the isolated house by the pond where the female character of Maimuna stayed. I can visualise the village simpleton Appukili wandering the hillsides looking for dragon flies and many such vivid and lively images.
Yes, it is profoundly visual and the marks it left on my mind will not be erased for years to come. It is a tale of a journey both in the physical and spiritual self of a man Ravi. Running away from being smothered in shame, he finds refuge in this most unlikely of places and meets human beings beyond his comprehension. The author took 12 years to complete this work and it went on to become a landmark in Malayalam literature. Little wonder though for very few people I know have been left unmoved by the landscape of Khasak.
There is another snippet of memory that resurfaced as I was keying in this review. There was an award winning news photographer by the name of Victor George in Kerala.
Victor's greatest dream was to capture in his frames the landscape that the author immortalized through his words. Alas, Victor while on an assignment was claimed by a landslide a few years ago. I still wonder how beautiful those images would have been. Peace be to you Victor! We have all had those times when after turning the last page of a book, we sit back and wonder what cosmic serendipity had lead us to this book, and allowed us to read the outcome of thoughts from a person we wish was from a world around us.
Vijayan, sacked from a college where he taught, joined his family in a backward village of Thasarak, Kerala where his sister had got a teaching assignment. It was here that he found himself surrounded by the people who lived with their own measure of t We have all had those times when after turning the last page of a book, we sit back and wonder what cosmic serendipity had lead us to this book, and allowed us to read the outcome of thoughts from a person we wish was from a world around us.
It was here that he found himself surrounded by the people who lived with their own measure of time. The characters and stories seeped through to him and a coincidental tragedy from Hungary where Imre Negy was tricked and shot, revealed the protagonist of this book to him in its complete form. The land of this story resides in a warp of all quotidian life. Consumed in an evanescent mist of legends and dreams, every soul has a purpose and a precious chest of misery. A benign outsider restless with guilt and despair finds himself at home in this escape.
But when asked after he had lived here for some time, What are you running away from, Ravi? I want to be the laya, the dissolution Often this book has made me wonder, what is magic realism? Could it be that when a story is being told and is being precipitated by the reader with usual nods and chuckles and frowns, suddenly a sentence appears which creates ripples so strong inside the reader that he wonders what hit him?
It opens a faucet of emotions - happiness, misery, laughter, anguish. And mind you, that sentence is not an outcast or a pariah, it is very much an arm to the body, befitting and strengthening. I have been on such journeys before, my hand held by the legends of this genre, and I have to say, this one sits right with the all time best. The mysterious land of Khasak came alive with a brute force, almost making me believe that it's a blessing it remained out of popular reach so that the true unbridled voice of an artist could ride on a chariot of liberty.
And when a lucky reader unearths such a text, running his fingers across words dancing on a fresh tune, in womb of a fateful night, the blissful ecstasy would find itself in new colors. View all 4 comments. Jan 03, Lekshmy Shaji rated it it was amazing. I've always thought I've read fine literature, before i started this one.. I was totally wrong.. This is what you call a fine piece of literature.. Truly a legend.. Enjoyed the read. But I did feel a lot was lost in translation.
And some words could be interpreted wrong in the translation; like "oh" in some places could have been "hey".
Things like that. However, I really enjoyed the elements of fabulism and the life of villages. The Afterword of how the novel came to be was equally interesting.
This is such an important masterpiece in Malayalam literature; so I will definitely be reading it in the original. If you are not familiar with Malayalam and Kerala, Enjoyed the read. If you are not familiar with Malayalam and Kerala, this might be more of a 3. Dec 19, Pramod Mathew rated it it was amazing. The Legends of Khasak The irrationalities of a sanguine age, the horrors of war, pogroms in the name of God, caste, language, region and nation have been the popular themes in the works of Malayalam fiction writer and cartoonist O.
Such was the influence of his debut Malayalam novel Khaskinte Ithihaasam that it divided Malayalam literature into two halves; the pre-Khask era and the post-Khasak one. It has run into 50 reprints and is the most widely sold novel in South Asia.
The Le The Legends of Khasak The irrationalities of a sanguine age, the horrors of war, pogroms in the name of God, caste, language, region and nation have been the popular themes in the works of Malayalam fiction writer and cartoonist O. Ravi, the young protagonist, walks into the sweltering heat of Khasak at the very outset of the novel, to run a single teacher school in the remote village.
The character, now a literary legend, was driven to a level of meditative spiritual quest after an illicit affair with his step-mother. He thus forsook a lucrative scholarship in Physics, at Princeton, for a detached life in an aashram. This remorse is a universal feature in colossal tragedies such as; the story of Buddha who abandoned his palatial bungalow for the life of an ascetic, Lady Macbeth who lost her sanity, remorseful after her role in the regicide, and even Othello who self-annihilates having discovered the innocence of Desdemona.
Even as he dissolves into the everyday life of the village folk, Ravi is alienated in the hamlet that has yet to be exposed to the winds of modernism. The novel is far beyond a rural narrative as the numerous characters, each of a different genre and rarely appearing in more than one chapter, confers it the status of a classic. Khasak is a multi-religious community. V Vijayan universalises his personal experiences throughout the novel. Like the writer, the protagonist too is an unceasing wanderer.
At the climax of the novel, Ravi, keeping his promise to his lover Padma, decides to leave Khasak on a monsoon morning.
ഖസാക്കിന്റെ ഇതിഹാസം | Khasakkinte Ithihasam