The Defiant Jungle
The Defiant JungleIndian Writing
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Thrumming with cicadas and honeybees, bristling with bamboo and tamarind and redolent of heady iluppai and poovarasu blossoms, here comes a saga set in the dark lushness of erstwhile Thanjavur. The Defiant Jungle leads the reader on a breathtaking trail into the heart of an unspoilt South Indian wilderness, even as Singapore-returned Chidambaram hacks his way in to set up a sugar factory, bracing for battle with his inner demons.Shot through with a quiet verdant wisdom, Vasantha Surya’s translation of Sa Kandasamy’s haunting first novel Saayavanam evokes an entire ecosystem − and the mixed motives of those who mount an audacious assault on it − in fine textured detail.A novel of rare insight, wit and pastoral vision without parallel in modern Tamil literature.