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UNSW Centre for Ideas

Perumal Murugan: Resurrected Through Writing

Where
University of New South Wales
University of New South Wales
High Street, Kensington NSW 2052
Io Myers Studio, Esme Timbery Creative Practice Lab
When

Wednesday 6 March from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Acclaimed Tamil-language author Perumal Murugan’s books were once burned by far-right groups, and now he’s longlisted for one of the most prestigious awards in literature.

Explore Murugan’s profound literary odyssey, from the challenges of being a Tamil writer in rural India, to the turmoil of book burning and societal backlash. This exclusive event explores Murugan’s latest work, Pyre, as he navigates societal complexities of villages “full of quiet menace”, so tense it leaves readers “gasping for air” (The New York Times). In an evening of conversation, chaired by award-winning author and UNSW lecturer Roanna Gonsalves, explore Murugan’s extraordinary literary resilience, his literary legacy and the cultural tapestry he weaves.

Perumal Murugan, a Tamil speaker, and Roanna Gonsalves, an English speaker, will be in conversation in their respective languages. A live interpreter will provide consecutive interpretation throughout the event.

This event is presented by the UNSW Centre for Ideas and supported by Adelaide Writers’ Week.

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