Chemmeen tells the story of the relationship between Karutthamma, a Hindu woman from the fisherfolk community, and Pareekkutty, the son of a Muslim fish wholesaler. Unable to marry Pareekkutty for religious reasons, Karutthamma instead marries Palani, who, despite his wife's scandalous past, never stops trusting her a trust that is reaffirmed each time he goes to sea and comes back safe. For the fishermen have an important saying: the safe return of a fisherman depends on the fidelity of his wife. Then, one fateful night, Karutthamma and Pareekkutty meet and their love is rekindled while Palani is at sea, baiting a shark. Previously available only in India, this hugely successful novel was adapted into a film, winning great critical acclaim and commercial success. Anita Nair's evocative translation from Malayalam brings this tale of love and longing, a classic of Indian literature, to a new audience.
- Hardback | 264 pages
- 127 x 203 x 25.4mm | 430.91g
- 20 Jan 2017
- Seagull Books London Ltd
- Greenford, United Kingdom
About Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai
Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai (1912 1999) was an award-winning Malayali novelist and short story writer. The author of many works, his best known include Kayar and Chemmeen. Anita Nair is the author of The Better Man, Ladies Coup , Mistress, and Lessons in Forgetting.