‘S. Hareesh, in these astonishing stories, takes an honest joy in human villainy and reveals a painful and comical truth—exuberant violence, determined greed and pure spite are the stuff of our relations with each other, with animals and with the world at large’—Anjum Hasan, author
‘An inspired translation of a brilliant constellation of stories, rooted in language and landscape, within a narrative arc that is vast and universal. S. Hareesh’s imagination evades the limitations of Anthropocene consciousness to give us a master class in the craft of storytelling’—Namita Gokhale, author, and director, Jaipur Literature Festival
‘Hareesh’s writing carries, always, the unexpected, the uncanny. In this collection of short fiction, we encounter worlds within worlds, stories within stories—a gloriously tangled web of lives that intersect in hilariously unsavoury, yet always human, ways. Through this, Hareesh dissects for us, in scathing, often laugh-out-loud ways, the facades adopted by masculinity, civility, caste. In these stories, humans are human in such achingly real ways that what’s also conjured is the unbelievable, the farcical, the beasts’—Janice Pariat, author
About the book
Four Belgian Malinois puppies, raised by an ex-serviceman, who end up in four different life situations; two men who play a game made out of death notices clipped from newspapers; a man who exploits his friend’s disability to satisfy his own bestial needs; a government employee who is intoxicated by the taste of wild meat and sinks deeper and deeper into the toxic world of hunting; two buffaloes who break away from their butcher, leading an entire village to chase after them; an old man who rejoices in the death of a sworn enemy who was once his friend.
S. Hareesh’s Adam explores the more difficult of human emotions-lust, anger, jealousy, vengeance and greed. Translated from the Malayalam, the collection presents nine unusual stories about ordinary people, their passions and their diverse destinies in a world where humans, animals and nature collide. Hareesh’s unique style of storytelling, which mixes astute social observation with an irreverent and sarcastic tone, makes these stories invigorating, and pushes the craft of the short story to new and refreshing realms.
About the authors
S. Hareesh won the JCB Prize for Literature in 2020 for his debut novel Moustache. He is the author of three short story collections: Rasavidyayude Charithram, Adam and Appan. He has received the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award twice (for Meesha in 2019 and Adam in 2016). He has also written the screenplays for the film Aedan, which received the Kerala State Award for Best Screenplay in 2017, and Jallikattu, which won a Silver Peacock at the International Film Festival of India and was India’s official entry in the Best International Feature category at the 93rd Academy Awards.
Jayasree Kalathil is the author of the children’s book The Sackclothman, which has been translated into Malayalam, Telugu and Hindi. Her translation of S. Hareesh’s Moustache won the JCB Prize for Literature in 2020. She received the Crossword Book Jury Award for Indian Language Translation in 2019 for her translation of N. Prabhakaran’s Diary of a Malayali Madman. The book was also longlisted for the Mathrubhumi Book of the Year Award.