M. Mukundan

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M. Mukundan
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Born (1942-09-10) 10 September 1942 (age 72)
Mayyazhi, India
Occupation Writer, social activist, French Embassy employee, Kerala Sahitya Akademi President
Nationality India
Period 1961 - till
Notable works Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil,
Daivathinte Vikrithikal

M. Mukundan (Malayalam: എം. മുകുന്ദൻ) is one of the pioneers of modernity in Malayalam literature, born in Mahe, part of Puducherry Union Territory in South India. He was born on 10 September 1942 at Mayyazhi (Mahé), a one-time French territory in India. He served as the president of Kerala Sahitya Akademi from October 2006 until March 2010.

Mukundan is known in Kerala as Mayyazhiyude Kathakaaran (The story-teller of Mayyazhi). His native village of Mayyazhi figures in his early works: Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil, Daivathinte Vikrithikal, Appam Chudunna Kunkiyamma and Lesli Achante Kadangal.

His first literary work was a short story published in 1961. Mukundan has so far published 12 novels and ten collections of short stories (which totals 171 in numbers till 2012). Mukundan's latest four novels Adithyanum Radhayum Mattu Chilarum, Oru Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha, Kesavante Vilapangal and Nritham carries a change in structure and approach.

Oru Dalit Yuvathiyude Kadanakatha reveals how Vasundhara, an actress has been insulted in the course of acting due to some unexpected situations. It proclaims the postmodern message that martyrs are created not only through ideologies, but through art also.

Kesavante Vilapangal (Kesavan's Lamentations) one of his most recent works tells the story of a writer Kesavan who writes a novel on a child named Appukkuttan who grows under the influence of E. M. S. Namboodiripad. It won the Vayalar Award in 2003. Daivathinte Vikrithikal (God's Mischief) bagged the Kendra Sahitya Akademi Award and NV Prize. Ee Lokam Athiloru Manushyan bagged the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award. Daivathinte Vikrithikal has been translated into English and published By Penguin Books India.

In 2008, Mukundan's magnum opus Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil fetched him the award for the best novel published in the last 25 years. Three of his novels were made into feature films in Malayalam . Mukundan wrote the script and one of them bagged a state film award.

Mukundan's novel Pravasam (sojourn in non-native land) and tells the story of a Malayali whose journeys carry him around the world.

The French government conferred on him the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 1998 for his contribution to literature.

His novel Delhi Gadhakal (Tales from Delhi) was released in November 2011. In this work, the author takes us through his recollections in India's capital city, New Delhi.[1]



Short story collections[edit]

  • Anchara Vayasulla Kutti (1971)
  • Kallanum Policum (1990)
  • Kannatiyute Kaazhcha (1995)
  • Mukundante Kathakal
  • Nadiyum Thoniyum (1969)
  • Nagaravum Sthreeyum
  • Pavadayum Bikiniyum
  • Russia
  • Thanner Kudiyante Thandu (2013)[2]
  • Thattathippenninte Kalyanam (1985)
  • Thevidissikkili (1988)
  • Veetu (1967)
  • Veshyakale Ningalkkorambalam (1971)


  • Enthanu Aadhunikatha? (1976)

Works translated[edit]

  • 1999. On the Banks of the Mayyazhi. Trans. Gita Krishnankutty. Chennai: Manas.
  • 2002. Sur les rives du fleuve Mahé. Trans. Sophie Bastide-Foltz. Actes Sud.
  • 2002. God's Mischief. Trans. Prema Jayakumar. Delhi: Penguin.
  • 2004. Adityan, Radha, and Others. Trans. C Gopinathan Pillai. New Delhi: Sahitya Akademi.
  • 2005. The Train that Had Wings: Selected Short Stories of M. Mukundan. trans. Donald R. Davis, Jr. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • 2006. Kesavan's Lamentations. Trans. A.J. Thomas. New Delhi: Rupa.
  • 2007. Nrittam: A Malayalam Novel. Trans. Mary Thundyil Mathew. Lewiston: Edwin Mellen.


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