Tuesday, July 26, 2011

eBook release: Where Are You Going, You Monkeys?

Blaft Publications is proud to announce the release of Ki. Rajanarayanan's Where Are You Going, You Monkeys? -- Folktales from Tamil Nadu as an eBook.

The stories are expertly selected and translated from the definitive 2007 collection of Tamil folklore, நாட்டுப்புறக் கதைக் களஞ்சியம் (buy Tamil version here), by Pritham K. Chakravarthy, whose translation of Ki. Rajanarayanan's Sahitya Akademi award-winning novel Gopallapuram is also out from Penguin this month.  

The book also features some illustrations by Chennai-based artist Trotsky Marudu. Here's his picture of a bootham, a sort of shape-changing genie-like ghost:

You can buy the book from the Kindle Store or the NOOK store or Lulu.com. Or buy the physical book from here.

Here's what reviewers have said about the book:

Pritham Chakravarthy’s translation is breezy, occasionally wicked, but always urging you to read on. Folklore buffs will love this one and so will other general readers. -- R. Krithika, The Hindu
At a time when it’s fashionable to define 'Indian culture' as a fixed conservative entity, to squeeze tradition into an airtight box, these stories are essential reading. -- Jai Arjun Singh, Tehelka
This delightful collection fully lives up to - enhances - Blaft’s young but confident standing. -- Vijay Nambisan, The Deccan Herald

If you're not convinced to pick up a copy yet, check out this funny video of Ki. Rajanarayanan (affectionately known as Ki. Ra.) telling one of the stories that couldn't make it into the book as it has a visual element to it. Warning: Mature audiences only. :-)

Friday, July 15, 2011

New Kuzhali Manickavel story

Blaft Publications is proud to announce the release of 
a new short story 

Eating Sugar, Telling Lies

by Kuzhali Manickavel

Now available as an eChapbook
(a very short eBook)

"Eating Sugar, Telling Lies" starts like this:
The Thieving WhoreQueen was missing. Grey, runny bubbles leaked from a lump of wet clothes she had left on the washing stone. Her broom was propped under the stairs, handle down, the grass tip curled to an almost perfect circle.

To read the rest of this really good, powerful, hard-hitting story:
  • You can buy it here for $0.99 (about Rs. 45) and download in any of the following formats: EPUB, Sony reader (LRF), Kindle (MOBI), PDB, PDB, or RTF. (Should work with any credit or debit cards, including Indian ones.)
  • Or buy it here from the NOOK store (US or UK cards only.)
  • Or buy it here if you have a have a Kindle.
The eBook version of Kuzhali's 2008 collection, Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings, is also now available from Amazon, the NOOK store, and Lulu.com for US $4.99.

Also, in case you're not following it yet, there is lots more of Kuzhali's wonderful writing available at her blog: http://thirdworldghettovampire.blogspot.com/.


If you have any trouble buying or downloading, please contact us at blaft [at] blaft [dot] com for assistance.