The Heroine and other Stories

Paper Type: Book print paper | Size: 216mm x 140mm
Black and White; 160 pages; Paperback
ISBN-10: 81-933935-9-8 | ISBN-13: 978-81-933935-9-8


D. Jayakanthan’s short stories depict the life of common people in Tamil Nadu in the middle of the 20th century and reflect his progressive thinking. Selected and translated by the author’s daughter, these stories sensitively explore situations in the lives of both the marginalized and the middle class and comprise some of the best of his writing. Each story in this collection delves into the depths of the human psyche, revealing the hidden strengths ordinary people find within themselves when faced with extraordinary circumstances. Portraying courage, vulnerability and humanity in its many dimensions, The Heroine and Other Stories reminds us of the richness of our regional literatures, presents highlights from the oeuvre of a master storyteller and holds up a mirror to ourselves.

D. Jayakanthan
D. Jayakanthan
Late D. Jayakanthan (1934–2015), JK, was considered one of the most progressive writers of his times. He wrote 200 short stories, 40 novels and three autobiographies, as well as made two films. Four of his novels were adapted into films by others. He received many awards, including the Sahitya Akademi Award (1972), Soviet Land Nehru Award (1978), Fellow of the Sahitya Akademi (1996), Jnanpith Award (2002), Padma Bhushan (2009) and Order of Friendship from the Russian Government (2011)..
Deepalakshmi J.
Deepalakshmi J.

Deepalakshmi J., is a business writer with many years of experience in technical, marketing and corporate communication. She also writes creatively and her work has appeared in leading English and Tamil publications. This is her first published book of translations. She lives with her family in Chennai.