Thursday, September 28, 2006

La Sa Ra

(Lalgudi Saptharishi Ramamirtham)

Lalgudi Saptarishi Ramamirtham, familiar to his readers as La Sa Ra, is the author of seven novels, two memoirs, two books of essays and several short story collections, and has been translated into Czech and French. Like Kafka, Ramamirtham spent most of his working life in the bank. He won instant critical acclaim in 1948 with the publication of three short stories – Janani, Yogam and Pralayam. Despite his difficult style, Ramamirtham’s writing strikes a chord with the reader because of its arresting symbolism and musicality. In 1989 he won the Sahitya Akademi award for Chintha Nadi – his collection of autobiographical essays.

La Sa Ra's work "The Stone Laughs and Atonement" has been translated from Tamil by Padma Narayanan for Katha.

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