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The Poison of Love Hardcover – 14 Feb 2017

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‘The Poison of Love, an intense, dramatic novel written in spare, well-crafted prose, delves into the most terrible, bitter, corrosive emotion that can pass off as love... K.R. Meera keeps a firm, economical grip on her words, and most sentences either express an emotion or move the narrative this way or that... A deep, dark tale’ - The Hindu

‘Enthralling... disturbing... A book that resonates powerfully with some of our most primal impulses-a consuming love, a corrosive hatred, a need for vengeance... What stands out the most in the novella is the sheer power of Meera’s writing... The book retains enough of its nuances and intensity, due in no small part to the commendable work done by translator Ministhy S.’- Indian Express

‘K.R. Meera’s addictive latest novel follows the struggles of a young woman married to an incorrigible Lothario... Written with such breathless energy & foreboding that you can barely put the book down... The Poison of Love is a masterpiece in miniature’- The Hindu Business Line

‘This slim novel stews in the passionate juice of wronged love... Intensity breathes through [Meera’s] style and every sentence is almost angu¬ish... The plot seethes and twists... Ministhy is new to translating K.R. Meera but manages to wring out each drop of obsession’- Outlook

‘[A] searing love story... The brute force of [Meera's] plots, coupled with the irresistible perversity of her characters, make it easy to turn the pages of Meera's fiction... There is a sense of urgency in Meera's prose that is rare in any language... [Tulsi's] descent into black melancholy is the stuff of Greek tragedy (one is especially reminded of the venom of Euripedes' Medea), but also all too human for its vulnerability and fragility’- Huffington Post

‘The imagery that [Meera] uses is so intrinsic to the female experience, and to a sense of death and decay, themes that her stories are submerged in... The Poison Of Love [is] an almost bestial exploration of a cruel love, and the madness for revenge that deforms the protagonist Tulsi’- Mint

‘The most striking quality of K.R. Meera’s writing is her rare ability to cartwheel with elan into wholly different cultures, and fashion a realistic narrative from her imagination of other lives... But there's another quality I can't possibly miss... Meera’s capacity to take a basic human experience and give it a searing transformative twist... The Poison of Love follows a protagonist named Tulsi on her journey in Vrindavan, into a labyrinth of crazed love, feverish dreams, weary widows, unstoppable passion, and corpse-eating ants, and culminates in a Medea-like murder’- Ladies’ Finger

‘Meera’s writing is fluid, disturbing, and engrossing. It takes a common theme-of love and betrayal-and uses metaphors and symbolism to turn it into an unforgettable tale of a relationship between a woman and the man she cannot forget, but must, if she is to retain her sanity... Compelling and haunting’- New Indian Express

‘The Poison of Love is a meditation on toxic love, a key motif in Meera’s oeuvre... Her works, no matter what genre brim over with a rage and violence reminiscent of Mahasweta Devi’- Wire

‘Love and revenge with a feminist flavour... The Poison of Love’s feminist politics are taut... Despite the macabre details of The Poison of Love, its fundamental premise of betrayal and longing are resoundingly familiar’- Open

‘There are undercurrents of Greek tragedy . . . Meera is an expert plotter, each sentence reveals something new about the character and moves the action along, but nowhere can you anticipate what is coming next. Ministhy S.'s translation from the original Malayalam evokes the breathless energy of Meera's writing’- Telegraph

‘Meera effortlessly transports the reader into the world of each of her protagonists’- Deccan Chronicle

‘No one writes about searing love like K.R. Meera does, and this novel proves it again’- Scroll

About the Author

K.R. Meera is a multi-award-winning writer and journalist. She has published short stories, novels and essays and has won some of the most prestigious literary prizes including the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, the Vayalar Award and the Odakkuzhal Award. Most recently, she won the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award for Aarachar, widely hailed as a contemporary classic and published by Penguin Books India as Hangwoman. She lives in Kottayam with her husband Dileep and daughter Shruthi.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House India (14 February 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670089397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670089390
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.8 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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