Agnisakshi : Fire, My Witness

Agnisakshi : Fire, My Witness




The only novel of one of Keralaas leading women writers, Lalithambika Antharjanamas Agnisakshi is a telling account of a womanas life glowing as though purified in the afire of sacrificea. Set against the history of Kerala, and life, customs, habits, and culture of the Namboodiri community, along with the fervent cries of the Indian National Freedom struggle, the characters act out their unforgettable roles: Tethi, the dazzling but disappointed bride who renounces worldly life; Unni Namboodiri, whose adherence to the Vedic way of life destroys his personal happiness; and Thankam, Unnias Nair cousin and the mighty Aphan Namboodirias daughter, seeking her own liberation from the past.

True to the lyrical and emotional tone of the original, Vasanthi Sankaranarayananas translation offers a moving portrait of upper-class, upper-caste Kerala society just before and after Independence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199457007
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 09/14/2015
Edition description: Translatio
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lalithambika Antharjanam

Lalithambika Antharjanam(1907a1987) was tutored at home in Sanskrit and Malayalam, and acquired proficiency in English and Hindi on her own. An active participant in the social reform movements of Kerala in the early 1920s, she won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Agnisakshi in 1979.

Vasanthi Sankaranarayanan has a doctorate in History from Madras University. Apart from translating works into English, she has curated the Womenas Film Festival, held by InKo Centre, Chennai, and has been on the jury of the International Film Festival of Kerala.

Table of Contents

Authoras Note
Translatoras Note
Introduction: Herstory, not HistoryaReading Agnisakshi in the Early Twenty-first Century by J. Devika
Kinship Terms
Taming the Fire: On Adapting Agnisakshi by Meena Pillai
About the Author and the Translator

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