Liberating Words and Worlds
V Geetha
SUBVERSIVE WHISPERS by Manasi(Translated from the original Malayalam by J. Devika) Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Random House, 2023, 142 pp., INR 499
September 2023, volume 47, No 9

Subversive Whispers are tales written over three decades. The earliest dates back to 1968, and is a subtle and enigmatic tale of child abuse that refuses to rest on easy pieties, and instead, gestures towards the ambiguities that attend sexual play, in a world where adult sexuality is coded in terms of necessary female hurt. In fact, all stories in this volume attend to moments and experiences which elude easy narration, but nevertheless ask to be enunciated. And every such enunciation happens in language, through a chance phrase, an apt description, a metaphor, etc.

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