- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Blaft Publications; 1 edition (2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9380636172
- ISBN-13: 978-9380636177
- Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.9 x 1.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,78,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Things We Found During the Autopsy Paperback – 2014
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Things We Found During the Autopsy is South Indian writer Kuzhali Manickavel's second collection of short fiction, in which she presents a dizzying array of apocalyptic visions and fractured childhood memories.
These stories contain the following: a dragon; angels; Indian culture; one Christmas story for children; no Indian culture whatsoever; men; poor people; voluntarily homeless youths; women; drugs; sex; Indian dads in cold foreign countries; vomit; boys; girl's hostels; girls; future tense; the Tropicool Icy-Land Urban Indian Slum; ash, and the people who eat ash; authentic village life written from a privileged English-speaking perspective; homosexuals; white people; references to Rajinikanth; non-italicized Tamil words; whores; brain aneurysms; Western dance in South Indian women's colleges; Pazhani; floods; shapeshifters; men named Kathir; minty-fresh non-cola cola; and wannabe Naxalites.
About the Author
Kuzhali Manickavel is known for her popular blog, thirdworldghettovampire.blogspot.in, and her columns in Indian Express and LiveMint. Her stories have been published in leading literary magazines in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, and Nigeria.
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Maybe my headline is misleading, but I was hoping it would get readers' attention and they would check out the review and then want to read the book.
Actually Kuzhali Manickavel has a totally unique voice that really can't be compared to anyone else. I struggle with how to describe it. It is as if she has some very refined Asperger's syndrome where everything that pops into her head flows through to her pen (or whatever she writes with) and comes out in funny, snarky, crude, wtf way that somehow in a weird Kuzhalian way makes perfect sense.
Perhaps an example would help. Here is a somewhat random selection from her story, "a basic guide to instigating violence among gentoo penguins in the tropicool icy-land urban indian slum"
"...Hot, angry pieces of penguin will block out the sun and rain upon the urban Indian slum in fat, lazy drops of ferocious blood and cartilage. Beaks and flippers will clog the gutters, causing sewage to overflow into the street and pipefish and leafy sea dragons to die in such numbers that an albino killer whale will start hurling itself into the sky screaming, `Genocide Genocide Mother of God Oh the Humanity Oh the horror horror!' thus signaling the beginning of great violence."
I don't think I can add anything to that. It's a great collection.