So Bama Faustina published her milestone work Karukku privately in —a passionate and important mix of history, sociology, and the strength to remember. This essay argues that Dalit autobiographies must be treated as testimonio, atrocity narratives that document trauma and strategies of survival. Using Bama’s . Bama is the pen-name of a Tamil Dalit woman, from a Roman Catholic family. She has published three main works: an autobiography, Karukku, ; a novel, .

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Bama is the most celebrated contemporary Dalit woman writer. To ask other readers questions about Karukkuplease sign up. A masterpiece in Dalit and feminist literature, the latter without the author even realizing it.

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Kwrukku Women’s history Feminist history Timeline of women’s rights other than voting. But most of the book feels like one big rant on social injustices with barely any mention of any extraordinary acts, either by her or the p Somehow this book didn’t work for me.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I really enjoyed Bama’s writing.

An vama by someone ‘untouchable’,actually touch your heart and mind. Part of that disillusionment also came from the difference between what most karukkuu preach and what they practice – speaking of poor but living in luxury, speaking of a benevolent and loving God but prescribing strict rituals to please him. Bama was invited to her own village and felicitated. Though the works of Poomani and Imayam were already in circulation, the Tamil literary circle saw in them an extension of the social realist trend.


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Though I read Karukku in English, I was touched. Much can be learnt about a society by observing the games children play because children imitate adults flawlessly. The wide range of emotions she explored, including confusion, shame, guilt, hope, and anger, exposed her as vulnerable.

Please Email the Editor. And yes, that is how it had to be. Feb 08, S. Of course, the youth of Kandampatti laboured to change that opinion by reading aloud the text to the villagers. It was not a novel.

And that’s all there is to this book.

The significance of the novel comes from its social message. My first encounter with Dalit writing – and it was heartbreaking, beautiful and powerfully moving. She opens up about the discrimination she and her community faced, the difficulties and sufferings they had to go through in order to survive and the obstacles they had to face on their way to progress.

The first autobiography by a Dalit woman writer and a classic of subaltern writing, it is a bold and poignant tale of life outside mainstream Indian thought and function. Let me begin this review by making a confession. The writing itself was very lacklustre lost in translation? Aug 25, Ritu rated it really liked it Shelves: A Life Peter Horton. But even with education and jobs, she never makes any contact with other Dalit activists, striving on her own to fulfill her desire of doing something for her community.

Karukku – Bama Faustina, Lakshmi Holmström, Mini Krishnan – Oxford University Press

Crossword Book Award for Translation Please excuse me if my tone sounds overweening! Bama’s works are seen as embodying Dalit feminism and are famed for celebrating the inner strength of the subaltern woman.


What struck me, in particular, is the symbolic importance of clothing as a marukku of social capital that she writes of. This is what drew me to Karukku and this is why the book will stay with me.

Dec 01, Anejana. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Pudhupatti, Chennai StateIndia. It had the quality of an oral narrative. Her father was employed in the Indian Army.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We must not accept the injustice of our enslavement by telling ourselves it is our fate, as if we have no true feelings; we must dare to stand up for change.

An Autobiography by Bama.

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Karukku is on the literature syllabi of many colleges and universities across the world today.