‘Qabar’ tells hard truths about the intertwined histories of Hindus and Muslims as well as the chasms between men and women.
Westland Publications has just announced that they will publish the English translation of celebrated Malayalam author and journalist, KR Meera’s hypnotic new novella, ‘Qabar’, in December 2021.
‘Qabar’ tells hard truths about the intertwined histories of Hindus and Muslims as well as the chasms between men and women. Sensitively translated by Nisha Susan, the book will release under Westland’s language imprint, Eka.
Commenting on the acquisition, Ajitha GS, Managing Editor, Westland Publications, said, “The length of ‘Qabar’ belies the breadth of its ambition and the depth of its feeling — it is a novel for our desperate times. I’m thrilled to be publishing it, and just as excited that feminists and storytellers Meera and Nisha come together on this book. It’s a very special project for us.”
The book is being represented by Jayapriya Vasudevan of Jacaranda Literary Agency.
Multiple-award-winning author and journalist KR Meera 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 in English as ‘Hangwoman’.
For the translation of her novella ‘Qabar’ into English, the well-known author has joined hands with Nisha Susan, who is herself an author, editor and award-winning journalist, besides being the co-founder of two award-winning media companies, The Ladies Finger and Grist Media.