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Maria, Just Maria

Release date: 11 January 2024
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Following the death of her grandfather, Maria has stopped speaking - not because she can't, but b... Read More

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Following the death of her grandfather, Maria has stopped speaking - not because she can't, but because she doesn't want to.

Now in a psychiatric hospital, as she begins the process of 'reconnecting with reality', Maria recalls her journey of being 'just Maria' - a girl born into a Syrian Christian family in Kerala, whose companions were a grandfather who took her along to wander around the village and its toddy shops, a great-aunt with dementia who challenged Maria's position as the youngest in the family, a dog with a penchant for philosophy, various long-dead family members including a great-grandmother with a knack for prophecies, a patron saint who insisted on interfering in people's affairs, and Karthav Eesho Mishiha with whom Maria has regular conversations.

Sandhya Mary's novel Maria, Just Maria - masterfully translated by the award-winning Jayasree Kalathil - is an insightful and humorous take on ideas like normal-abnormal, natural-human, love-hate, etc. that define contemporary society, and the exuberant and moving story of a woman trying to find her place in this world.


Product Details

Title: Maria, Just Maria
Author: Sandhya Mary
Publisher: Harper Perennial India
SKU: BK0486662
EAN: 9789356993778
Number Of Pages: 244
Language: English
Binding: Paperback
Release date: 11 January 2024

About Author

Sandhya Mary is a writer and media professional. Her first book, published in 2011, was a collection of short stories titled Chittikkaran Yudas Bhoothavarthamana Kalangalkkidayil (Chittikkaran Yudas, in Between Past and Present). Maria Verum Maria (2018) is her debut novel. The book, currently in its third edition, established her as a storyteller who engages with serious, topical issues in a light-hearted and humanistic voice. As a media professional, Sandhya's writings on contemporary social and political issues have been published in various forums including TruecopyThink and Mathrubhumi weekend supplement. After receiving her master's degree in communication and journalism, she worked with Indiavision, Kerala's first 24/7 news channel. Currently, she is a producer with Mathrubhumi Club FM. Sandhya grew up in a predominantly Christian village in Ernakulam district in Kerala, and currently lives in Kochi. She loves to cook, eat and wander around. Jayasree Kalathil is the author of The Sackclothman, a children's book that has been translated into Malayalam, Hindi and Telugu. She shared the JCB Prize for Literature in 2020 with S. Hareesh for her translation of his novel, Moustache. She is a recipient of the Crossword Book Award for Indian Language Translation and the V. Abdulla Memorial Translation Prize. Her translation of Sheela Tomy's Valli (2022) was shortlisted for the JCB Prize for Literature, the American Literary Translators Association's National Translation Award in Prose, and the Atta Galatta–Bangalore Literature Festival Book of the Year Award. Originally from Kottakkal in Malappuram district, Kerala, Jayasree currently lives in a small village in the New Forest in England.

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