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Heat A novel by Poomani, Translated by N Kalyan Raman, Juggernaut Books

Hailed as one of the great Tamil novels of the last century, Heat brings alive the world of rural Tamil Nadu, its beauty and brutality, through the ordeal of a family. Heartbreaking, gripping and colourful, it is a literary work of great force and beauty.

‘[Kalyan Raman] effectively brings the author’s ideas into the English translation, which is filled with striking descriptions of the harsh landscape of rural Tamil Nadu that mirrors the apprehensions of the father and son on the run.’ Aishwarya Sahasrabuddhe in

‘…spare but vivid translation…’ Trisha Gupta in

Poomani, the name by which generations of Tamil readers have known the writer P Manickavasagam, is considered to be among the greatest living writers in Tamil. Over a career spanning 50 years, Poomani has published seven novels and more than 50 short stories. Vekkai, published in May this year by Juggernaut Books as Heat, is the first of his novels to appear in English translation. In 2014, Poomani won the Sahitya Akademi award for his magnum opus Angyadi, a historical novel whose central event is set in the late 19th century. In 2018, he published Kommai, his retelling of the Mahabharatam from a feminist perspective and in subaltern language. Poomani lives and works in Kovilpatti in southern Tamilnadu.

Shortlisted for the Atta Galatta – Bangalore Literature Festival Book Prize 2019 – Fiction

Shortlisted for The Hindu Literary Prize 2019 (Fiction)



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