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Poonachi, Or The Story of a Black Goat …
Poonachi is not just the story of a goat, it is an expression of solidarity with the animal world and the female condition. It is also a commentary on our times, on the choices we make as a society and a nation, and the increasing vulnerability of individuals, particularly writers and artists,who opt to resist rather than submit.
As you follow her story from forest to habitation, independence to motherhood, you recognize in its significant moments the depth and magnitude of your own fears and longings, fueled by the instinct for survival that animates all life. Both masterly and nuanced, the author makes us reflect on our own responses to hierarchy and owner-ship,
selflessness and appetite, love and desire, living and dying.
Perumal Murugan is the author of six novels, four collections of short stories and four anthologies of poetry in Tamil. This is his first work after his return to writing. His book One Part Woman was at the centre of a raging controversy, and his reaction to this, was to say that Perumal the writer is dead. It was an act that shocked readers and evoked strong empathy for the plight of the writer.