Saturday, March 15, 2014

Things We Found During the Autopsy: Out in August

A few months ago we announced that Kuzhali Manickavel's new collection of short stories, Things We Found During the Autopsy, would be released in February. We made it available for pre-order on our website with that promise.


Unfortunately, the book release is now delayed until August. As it turns out we won't be co-publishing the book with Tranquebar; it will only have a Blaft logo on it. This means that the ISBN has changed and we will be increasing the price slightly, to Rs. 350. Those of you who pre-ordered the book will get it at the originally advertised price of Rs. 295. (We're very sorry about the delay.)

Thanks for being patient with us.

Please note that our other new releases are all now available for sale on our website and on Flipkart, and at wonderful indie bookstores like Either Or in Pune, Loose Ends in Mumbai, and Blossom Book House in Bangalore.

  • The Obliterary Journal Vol. 2: Non-Veg, a graphic anthology of comics about meat.
http://blaft.com/view_details.php?id=37  
  • Stupid Guy Goes BACK to India, a manga travelogue by Yukichi Yamamatsu
http://blaft.com/view_details.php?id=35
  • Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation, the screenplay of one of the most exciting Tamil films of recent years, together with a selection of critical essays.
http://blaft.com/view_details.php?id=36

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Launching tomorrow!

Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation

Please join us at 3:30 P.M. tomorrowFriday, January 17, 2014at the Chennai Book Fair (at the YMCA grounds in Nandanam) for the launch of our new release, a translation of the screenplay of one of the most acclaimed Tamil films of recent years.




Director M. Sasikumar will present the first copy to chief guest Gautham Menon. Actors Jai and Samuthirakani and cinematographer S. R. Kadhir will be there, along with Anand Pandian, the editor and co-translator of the book, and film critics Baradwaj Rangan and Preminda Jacob, who have contributed essays. Sahitya-Akademi-award-winning Tamil author Su. Venkatesan will also speak at the event.
There will be a question and answer session at the end, followed by a book signing... and afterwards, of course, you can head onwards into the giant book fair tent and browse the stalls of hundreds of publishers, all of whom are offering their titles at a discount of at least 10%.
If you're not in Chennai tomorrow, please note that you can order the book online from our site.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Photos from the Chennai launch of The Obliterary Journal Vol. 2: Non-Veg

 Before the crowd arrived

 
 This paati (center, in pink) was drinking a lot of elaneer



Contributors. Clockwise from top left: Mihir Ranganathan, Nagavalli, Ratzzz, Aneesh K.R., Thulasi Kumar, Kala, Rakesh Khanna, Rashmi Ruth Devadasan, Kadamma Ilavarasi, Sathyanarain Muralidharan


Photos by UK. (Thanks!) Order your copies today!

http://blaft.com/view_details.php?id=37

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation


 On January 17th, we'll be releasing Subramaniyapuram: The Tamil Film in English Translation.

 

If you haven't seen this movie yet, you should: it's amazing. A tale of friendship, betrayal, love and revenge set in Madurai in the early 1980s, the film pioneered a new, gritty aesthetic in Tamil cinema that has caught the attention of film lovers around the world. Made on a tiny budget by a first-time director and a cast of newcomers, Subramaniyapuram was a smash hit with audiences all over South India, from the big cities to the villages. 

It's also been cited as a major influence by some of India’s most respected filmmakers, including Anurag Kashyap, who dedicated his 2012 epic Gangs of Wasseypur to "The Madurai Triumvirate": Subramaniyapuram director/screenwriter/star M. Sasikumar and his mentors, directors Ameer Sultan and Bala.
 
The book contains an English translation of the screenplay (by Kausalya Hart and Constantine Nakassis) plus a wealth of additional material curated by Anand Pandian, a film scholar at Johns Hopkins University. There are essays by Baradwaj Rangan, Constantine Nakassis, Preminda Jacob, and Anand himself on the film's cinematic context and social impact; a full-colour gallery of film stills, never-before-seen working shots, and publicity posters; and an exclusive, wide-ranging interview with Sasikumar.

The launch is scheduled for 3:30 pm on Friday, January 17, at the Chennai Book Fair. Both Sasikumar and book editor Anand Pandian will speak and be available for signings. We encourage you to grow a beard, if you're able, and come in period costume -- though your aruvaal and bottle of naattu sarakku will probably not be allowed inside.


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Things We Found During the Autopsy

Guess what yougaiz!!11!!1!!

We're super thrilled to announce that Kuzhali Manickavel's new short story collection will be released in early February.

Here's the cover (by Prabha Mallya):


There are 52 short, short-short, & short-short-short stories inside. Some of them have appeared online, some of them in phoren journals, but many are brand-new-never-seen-before. The stories cover a wide variety of topics; a few of them are enumerated on the back cover.


Prepare to have your bones sawed through and your intestines cut open with an enterotome*. Good times are on their way.


*Enterotome: the scissor-like implement pictured at the top of the front cover. Used to cut through intestines of dead people. We just learned this word and it is fun to say.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Book Launch at the Fish Market

From what we hear, most people are getting a little tired of the typical book launch event -- the one where you go to a swanky hotel or cafe or art gallery, sit politely for a couple of hours watching two people in chairs exchange moderately witty banter, and then drink some tea.


So, just to switch things up a little, on Saturday, January 4th, 2014, at 11 A.M., we'll be launching The Obliterary Journal, Vol. 2: Non-Veg at Nochikuppam Fish Market, which is right next to the Marina Beach Lighthouse in Chennai.  We'll be setting up next to the stall of the lovely and gracious Ms. Kadamma Ilavarasi, who has a starring role in "Nochikuppam Fisherwomen Comics", a photocomic interview by Ratzzz and X. Kumar that's included in the book.

Here's Ilavarasi looking fearsome, standing in a blood-coloured ocean:


Rrrraaawwwwrrrrr.

Exciting one-time-only offer: With each purchase of a Blaft book at the event, you get a coupon for Rs. 100 off on seafood from partipating stalls! There will also be free coffee, tea, and elaneer. You can get your book signed by Ilavarasi and her co-star Kala (pictured below), as well as several other artists who have contributed to the journal.



Look forward to meeting you all at Nochikuppam on the morning of January 4th.