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Maniyambath Mukundan, (born 10 September 1942) commonly known as M. Mukundan, is an Indian writer of Malayalam literature. Many of his early works are set in Mayyazhi which has earned him the moniker, Mayyazhiyude Kathakaaran. He is known to be one of the pioneers of modernity in Malayalam literature and Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil, Daivathinte Vikrithikal, Kesavante Vilapangal and Pravasam are some of his notable works. He has received many honours including Vayalar Award, Sahitya Akademi Award, Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. Crossword Book Award and the Ezhuthachan Puraskaram, the highest literacy honour of the Government of Kerala. He is also a recipient of the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the Government of France.[1]

M. Mukundan
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BornManiyambath Mukundan
(1942-09-10) 10 September 1942 (age 76)
Mayyazhi, India
OccupationWriter, social activist, diplomat
NationalityIndia
Period1961–present
Notable worksMayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil,
Daivathinte Vikrithikal
Notable awards

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BiographyEdit

Mukundan was born on September 10, 1942 at Mahe,[2] then a French overseas territory and now a part of Puducherry Union Territory in South India.[3] Mukundan served as an official of the New Delhi office of the Embassy of France in Delhi.[4] His first literary work was a short story published in 1961[5] while the first novel, Delhi was published in 1969.[6] Mukundan has so far published 12 novels which include his later works such as Adithyanum Radhayum Mattu Chilarum, Oru Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha, Kesavante Vilapangal and Nritham and ten collections of short stories (which totals 171 in numbers till 2012). Oru Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha reveals how Vasundhara, an actress has been insulted in the course of acting due to some unexpected situations. It proclaims the postmodern message that martyrs are created not only through ideologies, but through art also. Kesavante Vilapangal (Kesavan's Lamentations) one of his later works tells the story of a writer Kesavan who writes a novel on a child named Appukkuttan who grows under the influence of E. M. S. Namboodiripad.[7] Daivathinte Vikrithikal has been translated into English and published By Penguin Books India.[8][9][10]

In 2008, Mukundan's magnum opus Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil fetched him the award for the best novel published in the last 25 years.[citation needed] Three of his novels were made into feature films in Malayalam . He also wrote the script and one of them secured a state film award.[11] His novel Pravasam (sojourn in non-native land) is the story of a Malayali whose journeys carry him around the world.[12] Delhi Gadhakal (Tales from Delhi), a novel published in November 2011 is his recollections in India's capital city, New Delhi.[13][14]

Mukundan served as the president of Kerala Sahitya Akademi from October 2006 until March 2010.[15]

Awards and honoursEdit

Mukundan recived Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Novel in 1973 for Ee Lokam Athiloru Manushyan.[16] This was followed by Sahitya Akademi Award in 1992 when Daivathinte Vikrithikal (God's Mischief) was selected for the award; the novel also received the N.V. Puraskaram.[17] He received two honours in 1998, Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres of the Government of France[18] and the Muttathu Varkey Award.[19] He received the Vayalar Award in 2003, for Kesavante Vilapangal (Kesavan's Lamentations)[20] and three years later, the English translation of Kesavan's Lamentations received the 2006 Crossword Book Award.[7] The Government of Kerala awarded him their highest literary honour Ezhuthachan Puraskaram in 2018.[21][22] He is also a recipient of M. P. Paul Award.[23]

WorksEdit

NovelsEdit

Short story collectionsEdit

  • Veedu (1967)[36]
  • Nadiyum Thoniyum (1969)[37]
  • Anchara Vayasulla Kutti (1971)[38]
  • Veshyakale Ningalkkorambalam (1971)[39]
  • Thattathippenninte Kalyanam (1985)[40]
  • Thevidissikkili (1988)[41]
  • Kallanum Polisum (1990)[42]
  • Kannatiyute Kaazhcha (1995)[43]
  • Mukundante Kathakal[44]
  • Nagaravum Sthreeyum[45]
  • Pavadayum Bikiniyum
  • Russia[46]
  • Thanner Kudiyante Thandu (2013)[47]

Non-fictionEdit

  • Enthanu Aadhunikatha? (1976)[48]

MemoirsEdit

  • Anubhavam Prmma Yathra[49]

Works translatedEdit

  • 1999. On the Banks of the Mayyazhi. Trans. Gita Krishnankutty. Chennai: Manas.
  • 2002. Sur les rives du fleuve Mahé. Trans. Sophie Bastide-Foltz. Actes Sud.
  • 2002. God's Mischief. Trans. Prema Jayakumar. Delhi: Penguin.
  • 2004. Adityan, Radha, and Others. Trans. C Gopinathan Pillai. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi.
  • 2005. The Train that Had Wings: Selected Short Stories of M. Mukundan. trans. Donald R. Davis, Jr. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • 2006. Kesavan's Lamentations. Trans. A.J. Thomas. New Delhi: Rupa.
  • 2007. Nrittam: A Malayalam Novel. Trans. Mary Thundyil Mathew. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen.

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "M. Mukundan on Good Reads". www.goodreads.com. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  4. ^ "M. Mukundan on Kerala Culture.org". www.keralaculture.org. Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  5. ^ "About writer Mukundan". The New Indian Express. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
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  7. ^ a b "Kesavan's Lamentations - Crossword.in". web.archive.org. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  8. ^ KAMALA, God's Mischief is a good read, with a French fragrance and flavour lingering in a very rooted Malayalam narrative, says N. (1 February 2003). "Old orders, new claims". The Hindu. p. 04. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  9. ^ "The Hindu : Making mischief... .By God !". www.thehindu.com. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  10. ^ November 18, Ravi Shankar Etteth; November 18, 2002 ISSUE DATE:; July 16, 2002UPDATED:; Ist, 2012 16:17. "Book review: M.Mukundan's 'God's Mischief'". India Today. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  11. ^ "State Film Awards 1969–2001". Information and Public Relations Department of Kerala. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  12. ^ "Pravasam is an attempt to redefine nostalgia, says M. Mukundan". The Hindu. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  13. ^ Shevlin Sebastian (28 October 2011). "The main character is Delhi". The New Indian Express. Shevlinsebastian.blogspot.in. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  14. ^ M. Mukundan (21 November 2011). "ഇനി ഏത് ദേശത്തെക്കുറിച്ചാണ് ഞാൻ എഴുതേണ്ടത്?" (in Malayalam). Madhyamam Weekly. Archived from the original on 24 February 2015. Retrieved 24 February 2015.
  15. ^ Kerala Sahitya Akademi Annual Report: 2010–2011 (PDF) (in Malayalam), Kerala Sahitya Akademi, p. 5
  16. ^ "Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award for Novel". Kerala Sahitya Akademi. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Katha profile". www.katha.org. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  18. ^ Reporter, Staff (2 November 2011). "Finished work belongs to readers: Mukundan". The Hindu. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Ezhuthachan Puraskaram for Mukundan". Deccan Chronicle. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  20. ^ "The Hindu : Vayalar award presented to Mukundan". www.thehindu.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  21. ^ "Noted Malayalam writer M Mukundan wins Ezhuthachan award". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  22. ^ "Thiruvananthapuram: Ezhuthachan Puraskaram for Mukundan". Deccan Chronicle. 2 November 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  23. ^ "M P Paul Award Winners". www.goodreads.com. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  24. ^ "Delhi". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  25. ^ "Akasathinu Chuvattil". www.goodreads.com. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  26. ^ "Aavilayile Sooryodayam". www.goodreads.com. 1970. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Haridwaril Manikal Muzhangunnu". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  28. ^ Mukundan, M. (1975). "Koottam thetti meyunnavar". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Seetha". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  30. ^ "Kili vannu vilichappol". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  31. ^ "Adityanum Radhayum Mattu Chilarum". www.goodreads.com. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  32. ^ "Nrittam". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  33. ^ "Pulayapattu". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  34. ^ "Kuda Nannakkuna Choyi". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  35. ^ "Oru Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  36. ^ "Veedum Mattu Kathakalum". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  37. ^ "Nadiyum Thoniyum". www.amazon.in. 4 February 2019. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  38. ^ "Anchara Vayasulla Kutti". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  39. ^ "Veshyakale Ningalkkorambalam". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  40. ^ "Thattathipenninte Kalyanam". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  41. ^ Mukundan (M) (1997). "Thevidissikkili". Current Books. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  42. ^ Mukundan, M. (1990). "Kallanum polisum". Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  43. ^ "Kannaatiyude Kaazhcha". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  44. ^ "Mukundante Kathakal". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  45. ^ "Nagaravum Sthreeyum". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  46. ^ "Russia". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  47. ^ "Latest books by Mathrubhumi: Thanner Kudiyante Thandu" Archived 2013-06-25 at the Wayback Machine
  48. ^ "Enthanu Athunikatha". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
  49. ^ "Anubhavam Prmma Yathra". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 4 February 2019.

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