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Visappu (Hunger) is a collection of short stories by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer published in 1954.[1][2] The collection includes Basheer's first story "Ente Thankam" (My Darling) which is titled "Thankam" in the book.[3] This story originally appeared in the Ernakulam-based newspaper Jayakesari in the year 1937.[4] The other stories include "Visappu" (Hunger), "Marunnu" (Medicine) and "Pishachu" (Devil). Visappu is considered as a modern classic in south Asian literature.[5]

List of stories[edit]

  1. "Thankam"
  2. "Shashinas"
  3. "Hridayanatha"
  4. "Marunnu"
  5. "Nammude Hridayangal"
  6. "Pishachu"
  7. "Visappu"


  1. ^ "Works by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer". New York University. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ Satchidanandan, K. (February 2008). "Sultan of story: A birth centenary tribute to Vaikom Mohammed Basheer who picked up his tales from life's poetry". Frontline. 25 (2). Retrieved 30 May 2018. 
  3. ^ M. N. Vijayan (1996). M. N. Vijayan, ed. Basheer fictions. Katha. p. 21. 
  4. ^ Vaikom Muhammad Basheer (1954). "Foreword". Vushappu (Hunger). Current Books. It is years since I have started writing stories. When did I start? I think it was from 1937. I have been living in Ernakulam since then. I was a writer by profession. I wrote a great deal. I would get my writing published in newspapers and journals. No one paid me for it. The stories were published between 1937 and 1941 in Navajeevan, a weekly published in Trivandrum in those days. 
  5. ^ Rupert Snell, I. M. P. Raeside. Classics of Modern South Asian Literature. Harrassowitz Verlag. pp. 27, 28.