Sunday, January 31, 2010

Anita Nair to pen historical fiction

Bangalore-based Anita Nair is to return to familiar territory - a book on Kerala. However this one is going to be set in medieval Kerala, which she says is a fascinating period that people today know little about.

Nair was born in Kerala's Mundakottakurissi, near Shornur. Her links to the state have remained strong even though she grew up in Madras and has lived in Bangalore for the better part of two decades now. Her earlier writings about Kerala include Where The Rain Is Born: Writings About Kerala and Mistress.

Her latest novel, Lessons in Forgetting, has just been released by HarperCollins.

Anita Nair is the best-selling author of  The Better Man, Ladies Coupe and and a collection of literary essays, Goodnight and God Bless. Mistress was longlisted for the 2008 Orange Prize in the UK. It was also a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Beyond Margins Award in the USA and for the LiBeraturpreis 2007 in Germany. Anita's books have been translated into twenty-nine languages around the world.

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