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One part woman

Author: Perumāḷmurukan̲; Aniruddhan Vasudevan
Publisher: Haryana, India : Penguin Books, 2014.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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All of Kali and Ponna's efforts to conceive a child - from prayers to penance, potions to pilgrimages - have been in vain. Despite being in a loving and sexually satisfying relationship, they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts and insinuations of the people around them. Ultimately, all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Perumāḷmurukan̲; Aniruddhan Vasudevan
ISBN: 9780143423546 0143423541 9780143431817 0143431811
OCLC Number: 907238158
Language Note: Translated from the Tamil.
Notes: First published in Tamil as Maadhurbaagan by Kalachuvadu Publications, Tamil Nadu: 2010 ; first published in English in Hamish Hamilton by Penguin Books India 2013.
Description: 247 pages ; 20 cm.
Other Titles: Mātorupākan̲.
Responsibility: Perumal Murugan ; translated from the Tamil by Aniruddhan Vasudevan.

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All of Kali and Ponna's efforts to conceive a child - from prayers to penance, potions to pilgrimages - have been in vain. Despite being in a loving and sexually satisfying relationship, they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts and insinuations of the people around them. Ultimately, all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara and the revelry surrounding it. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple's suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test. Acutely observed, One Part Woman lays bare with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictates of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties, vividly conjuring an intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage, love and sex.

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