Maranottar (Gujarati: મરણોત્તર; English: Posthumous) is a Gujarati novel by Suresh Joshi. It is written almost in the form of lyrical prose letter style.

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First edition cover, 1973
AuthorSuresh Joshi
Original titleમરણોત્તર
GenreLyrical novel
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages71 pages
LC ClassPK1859.J593 M3
Preceded byChhinnapatra (1965) 
TextMaranottar online


The novel is prefaced with five different quotations, one each from György Lukács, Antonín Bartušek [cs], Malcolm Lowry, W. H. Auden and Paul Valéry. The theme of death is presented in Lowry's quotation and the technique is suggested by Valery.

It has 45 short chapters in 71 printed pages. The chapters are built around the theme of approaching death, written with poetic imagery and ending with the poetic refrain of the name, 'Mrinal'. The novel is addressed to Mrinal, the lead female character, and some other characters like Sudhir, Gopi, Namita and Megha.[1][2]

Joshi has used the techniques of an extraterrestrial narrator. The novel is narrated in first person.[3]


It is considered as Joshi's prominent experimental novel.[4] However Ila Pathak wrote that, in Maranottar as well as in his another novel Chhinnapatra, the women characters appear only as the targets of men's lustful desires.[1] K. M. George considers it as an intended anti-novel which ended up only as an experiment difficult to read or comprehend.[5]


Maranottar has been translated into French as Temoignage Posthume by Sheela Karki and published in 2017.


  1. ^ a b P. K. Rajan (1989). The Growth of the Novel in India, 1950-1980. New Delhi: Abhinav Publications. p. 73-77. ISBN 978-81-7017-259-8. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  2. ^ Śirīsha Pañcāla (2004). Suresh Joshi. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi. p. 44. ISBN 978-81-260-1922-9.
  3. ^ Suresh Hariprasad Joshi; Tridip Suhrud (1998). Crumpled letter. Macmillan India. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  4. ^ Contemporary Gujarati Short Stories: An Anthology. Indian Publishers Distributors. 1 January 2000. ISBN 978-81-7341-129-8. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  5. ^ K. M. George (1992). Modern Indian Literature, an Anthology: Surveys and poems. Sahitya Akademi. p. 141. ISBN 978-81-7201-324-0.

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