Give Us This Day a Feast of Flesh


N.D. Rajkumar

Paperback    9788189059330


Where the word becomes flesh, where reason is dazzled and magic reigns supreme: in that world delves Rajkumar.

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Sensuous and ferocious, the poetry of Rajkumar cracks open a world that offers the modern reader stunning glimpses into a magic-drenched, living dalit history. Born into a traditional shaman community in a border town between Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Rajkumar revels in his ability to claim disparate discourses as his poetic subjects. His angry goddesses of unreason and excessive emotion embody unfettered power, independence and freedom—elements excised from the daily life of the dalit.


Anushiya Ramaswamy, through her inspired translations, and in an essay that locates Rajkumar’s insurrections in a global literary context, shows how the poet is not writing for inclusion into a centre: he has re-drawn the lines in such a way that the centre itself is meaningless.


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N.D. Rajkumar Translated by Anushiya Ramaswamy

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