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The love queen of Malabar : memoir of a friendship with Kamala Das /
Merrily Weisbord.
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Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2010.
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viii, 278 p. : ill., map, ports. ; 24 cm.
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9780773537910 :
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Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2010.
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9780773537910 :
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7332268
 
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Merrily Weisbord found Das's work so compelling that she flew to South India to meet her. The Love Queen of Malabar is the story of their decade-long friendship, an experiment in mutual revelation. Recounting the development of their relationship, Weisbord relates the dramatic events of Das's life, including her transition from celibacy to sexual awakening at age sixty-seven when, provoking the greatest scandal of her notorious life, she converted to Islam for love and renewal.
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" The Love Queen of Malabar is a portrait of Kamala Das, a remarkable poet, memoirist and public figure who dared to challenge many of India's taboos around sexuality. it is also the chronicle of an evolving friendship – wonderfully evocative in its use of language and dialogue – and it is a sensitive discussion of issues relevant To The lives of women and writers. Highly engaging and honest, it is a model of writing across cultures and continents." –Sherry Simon, author of Translating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City "As if to test Mark Twain's pronouncement 'truth is stranger than fiction,' two women – the award–winning journalist Merrily Weisbord from Canada And The internationally acclaimed Indian writer Kamala Das – engage in an experiment of revealing to each other their experiences of men, motherhood and writing. The intimate truths revealed here will stun the literary world and intrigue readers everywhere. This literary biography is a tour de force that reads like a well-crafted novel." –Katherine K. Young, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University
"The Love Queen of Malabaris a portrait of Kamala Das, a remarkable poet, memoirist and public figure who dared to challenge many of India's taboos around sexuality. it is also the chronicle of an evolving friendship wonderfully evocative in its use of language and dialogue and it is a sensitive discussion of issues relevant To The lives of women and writers. Highly engaging and honest, it is a model of writing across cultures and continents." Sherry Simon, author ofTranslating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City"As if to test Mark Twain's pronouncement 'truth is stranger than fiction,' two women the awardwinning journalist Merrily Weisbord from Canada And The internationally acclaimed Indian writer Kamala Das engage in an experiment of revealing to each other their experiences of men, motherhood and writing. The intimate truths revealed here will stun the literary world and intrigue readers everywhere. This literary biography is a tour de force that reads like a well-crafted novel." Katherine K. Young, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University
"The Love Queen of Malabar is a portrait of Kamala Das, a remarkable poet, memoirist and public figure who dared to challenge many of India's taboos around sexuality. It is also the chronicle of an evolving friendship - wonderfully evocative in its use of language and dialogue - and it is a sensitive discussion of issues relevant to the lives of women and writers. Highly engaging and honest, it is a model of writing across cultures and continents." -Sherry Simon, author of Translating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City "As if to test Mark Twain's pronouncement 'truth is stranger than fiction,' two women - the award-winning journalist Merrily Weisbord from Canada, and the internationally acclaimed Indian writer Kamala Das - engage in an experiment of revealing to each other their experiences of men, motherhood, and writing. The intimate truths revealed here will stun the literary world and intrigue readers everywhere. This literary biography is a tour de force that reads like a well-crafted novel." -Katherine K. Young, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University
"The Love Queen of Malabar is a portrait of Kamala Das, a remarkable poet, memoirist and public figure who dared to challenge many of India's taboos around sexuality. It is also the chronicle of an evolving friendship - wonderfully evocative in its use of language and dialogue - and it is a sensitive discussion of issues relevant to the lives of women and writers. Highly engaging and honest, it is a model of writing across cultures and continents." -Sherry Simon, author of Translating Montreal: Episodes in the Life of a Divided City "As if to test Mark Twain's pronouncement ‘truth is stranger than fiction,' two women - the award-winning journalist Merrily Weisbord from Canada, and the internationally acclaimed Indian writer Kamala Das - engage in an experiment of revealing to each other their experiences of men, motherhood, and writing. The intimate truths revealed here will stun the literary world and intrigue readers everywhere. This literary biography is a tour de force that reads like a well-crafted novel." -Katherine K. Young, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University
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Summaries
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Both observer and direct participant, Weisbord presents new biographical insights and cultural details about Kerala and India without exoticization or stereotyping.
Main Description
Kamala Das (1932-2009) is one of India's most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Admirers dubbed her, "The First Feminist Emotional Revolutionary of Our Time." The tabloid press called her "The Love Queen of Malabar."
Main Description
Kamala Das (1932–2009) is one of India's most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Admirers dubbed her, "The First Feminist Emotional Revolutionary of Our Time." the tabloid press called her "The Love Queen of Malabar."Merrily Weisbord found Das's work so compelling that she flew to South India to meet her. The Love Queen of Malabar is the story of their decade-long friendship, An experiment in mutual revelation. Recounting the development of their relationship, Weisbord relates the dramatic events of Das's life, including her transition from celibacy to sexual awakening at age sixty-seven when, provoking the greatest scandal of her notorious life, she converted to Islam for love and renewal.Both observer and direct participant, Weisbord elegantly presents new biographical insights and cultural details about Kerala and India without exoticisation or stereotyping. The Love Queen of Malabar is an evocative and beautifully crafted work, As seamless as the finest novel, and will stun readers across the globe.
Main Description
Kamala Das (19322009) is one of India's most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Admirers dubbed her, "The First Feminist Emotional Revolutionary of Our Time." the tabloid press called her "The Love Queen of Malabar." Merrily Weisbord found Das's work so compelling that she flew to South India to meet her.The Love Queen of Malabaris the story of their decade-long friendship, An experiment in mutual revelation. Recounting the development of their relationship, Weisbord relates the dramatic events of Das's life, including her transition from celibacy to sexual awakening at age sixty-seven when, provoking the greatest scandal of her notorious life, she converted to Islam for love and renewal. Both observer and direct participant, Weisbord elegantly presents new biographical insights and cultural details about Kerala and India without exoticisation or stereotyping.The Love Queen of Malabaris an evocative and beautifully crafted work, As seamless as the finest novel, and will stun readers across the globe.
Main Description
Kamala Das (1934-2009) is one of India's most beloved and controversial literary figures. She was hailed and reviled as the first Indian woman to write an autobiographical cult classic about love and desire. Admirers dubbed her, "The First Feminist Emotional Revolutionary of Our Time." The tabloid press called her "The Love Queen of Malabar."
Table of Contents
Cochin, Munnar, Kovalam, South India, 1995
The Stranger and Ip. 3
An Introductionp. 10
Love in Another Countryp. 17
Esoteric Exoticap. 26
Lines Addressed to a Devadesip. 42
Montreal, Laurentian Mountains, New York, 1995
Maple Leaves Red as Drying Bloodp. 51
I Shall Carry You with Mep. 61
Child Bridep. 75
Riding a Tigerp. 88
Delhi, Cochin, Kovalam, 1997
Orbits of Friendshipp. 107
Life Is but a Dreamp. 120
The Husband Who Neither Loved nor Used Her but Was a Ruthless Watcherp. 126
Cochin, Calicut, Malabar, 2000
Bliss in the Scent of His Perspirationp. 141
Beyond the Outskirts of the Cityp. 155
The Fear of the Yearp. 168
A Pale Green Pondp. 177
The Laurentians, Montreal, 2000
Gift of a Manp. 189
The Depth of Sequestered Poolsp. 202
Cochin, 2003
A Touch of Moonlightp. 209
You Embrace Mep. 218
Cochin, 2004
Exhalationsp. 229
A Cloudburst of Intense Fantasyp. 237
Cochin, Punnayurkulam, 2005
That Close to Mep. 247
The Place of Quiet Happinessp. 257
Epiloguep. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
Bibliographyp. 273
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