A Lonely Harvest & Trial by Silence-PERUMAL MURUGAN

A Lonely Harvest & Trial by Silence


Penguin Random House

Both novels translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Two sequels to an award-winning novel allow the readers a rare opportunity to choose

At the end of Perumal Murugan's trailblazing novel One Part Woman, readers are left on a cliffhanger as Kali and Ponna's intense love for each other is torn to shreds. What is going to happen next to this beloved couple?

In A Lonely Harvest-one of two inventive sequels that pick up the story right where One Part Woman ends-Ponna returns from the temple festival to find that Kali has killed himself in despair. Devastated that he would punish her so cruelly, but constantly haunted by memories of the happiness she once shared with Kali, Ponna must now learn to face the world alone.

In Trial by Silence, the other sequel, Kali is determined to punish Ponna for what he believes is an absolute betrayal. But Ponna is equally upset at being forced to atone for something that was not her fault. In the wake of the temple festival, both must now confront harsh new uncertainties in their once idyllic life together.

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Perumal Murugan was born in 1966 in Tiruchengode, Tamil Nadu. He is the author of eight novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry in Tamil. He began writing at a very young age and wrote many different things like a diary, various narratives and poetry. Marxist education and reading Periyar were some of the influences that shaped him and his work. They introduced him to issues such as politics, gender discrimination, caste discrimination, and offered a deep understanding of Tamil Nadu. Murugan has no interest in sports and travels only if there is a compulsion to do so. He makes up for that by listening to Tamil film music and Carnatic music at home. He has composed certain keerthanas specially for T.M. Krishna. He desires to be in close communion with nature, in a house that is surrounded by trees and filled with cows and goats. Agriculture is an activity he enjoys and he often thinks that his life would have been happier had he lived it as a farmer. Currently he works as a professor in a college. Murugan lives in Namakkal.


Aniruddhan Vasudevan

Aniruddhan Vasudevan translates Tamil fiction into English. His much-lauded translation of Perumal Murugan’s One Part Woman has become an award-winning bestseller. He has translated other works by Perumal Murugan to wide acclaim, including Pyre and Songs of a Coward: Poems of Exile. He is also a Bharatanatyam dancer and experiments with interpretations, infusing a queer perspective into traditional pieces. In the US, he has collaborated and worked with Lakshmi Sriraman of Shree School of Dance in Kentucky and Daniel Phoenix Singh of the Dakshina Dance Company in Washington DC. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin. His research involves looking at caste practices, use of language, and sexual orientation.