Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Things We Found During the Autopsy by Kuzhali Manickavel

We promised this book in February, then in August. Now it's finally available, and you should read it, because Kuzhali is totally amazing.

We made a book trailer. Check it out:

Buy the print book online from here or here, or buy the ebook from here, here, or here. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Maharaja of Tamil Pulp steps up output

Rajesh Kumar, the most insanely prolific of the many Tamil pulp fiction authors whose work we featured in The Blaft Anthology of Tamil Pulp Fiction Vol. I and Vol. II, has apparently begun writing even faster. The Coimbatore-based writer has been averaging three new titles a month since he got started in 1968, and was reportedly up to a lifetime total of around 1500 books. Now, however, our local tea kadai proprietor tells us that he's stocking eight or nine new Rajesh Kumar novels every month.

Let's repeat that: Eight or nine novels. Every month.

If you aren't familiar with the Rajesh Kumar yugam, peruse this profile by Samanth Subramanian.

Also, check out this interview of G Asokan, one of Rajesh Kumar's publishers, where he reminisces about the eighties when television had not yet taken over people's lives.

Here are a few of this month's Rajesh Kumar covers:

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.  
  • Stupid Guy Goes BACK to India, a manga travelogue by Yukichi Yamamatsu
  • 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.

  Update Sep 29, 2014. Kuzhali's book is out October 1. Really, we mean it this time.

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!

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.