Perumal Murugan ends self-imposed exile, brings 200 new poems
New Delhi: Tamil writer Perumal Murugan on Monday terminated a self-imposed literary exile of 19 long months and came up with an all new collection of 200 poems, A Coward’s Song.
The contemporary author had said in a Facebook post that the writer in him was dead in the wake of protests by Hindutva activists against his Tamil novel Madhorubagan in December, 2014. “Author Perumal Murugan is nomore,” he had written.
It may be recalled that a plea seeking a ban on Madhorubagan as well as its English translation ‘One Part Woman’ was dismissed by the Madras High Court in July last. The court had said there was nothing obscene and objectionable in the book.
The 50-year-old author’s new book was launched at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in the national capital. At the launch event, Murugan recited two of his latest poems, Hometown and A Cowards Song.