A Secret History Of Compassion-PAUL ZACHARIA

A Secret History Of Compassion


Westland Publications

A farcical take on storytelling and the nature of writing itself

41-year-old Lord Spider, an eminent writer of mysteries, thrillers and romances, Rosi, his wife and a freelancing philosopher, and Jesus Lambodara Pillai, a hangman, shapeshifter and aspiring writer, collaborate to write an essay on compassion for the Communist Party. The task unfortunately proves to be more challenging than it looks. Enter the narrative and their stories. As Lord Spider and his companions encounter various characters including Satan, Stalin and Jesus Christ they may have to draw inspiration from incidents across past lives and bend the very rules of narrative structure itself to finish the essay. 

 A dazzlingly inventive metafictional novel, A Secret History of Compassion is an irreverent look at the ideological inspirations that power us and our storytelling.

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Born in 1945, Paul Zacharia is one of Kerala’s most beloved writers. He has published over 50 works including novels, essay collections and children’s fiction. Zacharia has also written travelogues on Africa, England, Saudi Arabia, China and the Kumbh Mela. A Distinguished Fellow of the Kerala Sahitya Akademi, he has received the Kendra Sahitya Akademi and Kerala Sahitya Akademi awards. He lives in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.