Viramma: Life of an Untouchable

Viramma: Life of an Untouchable

ISBN10: 1859841481
ISBN13: 978-1859841488
Author: -
Title: Viramma: Life of an Untouchable
Publisher: Verso (February 17, 1998)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1726 kb
Size PDF: 1564 kb
Rating: 4.4/5
Votes: 459
Pages: 320 pages
Subcategory: Historical

Viramma: Life of an Untouchable


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Viramma tells her fascinating life story with the unsentimentality, humor and dramatic sense of a born storyteller: her carefree childhood; her marriage before puberty; giving birth to twelve children ‘very gently, like stroking a rose’; adult life as an agricultural worker ‘condemned to bake in the sun’; tales of gods and malign forces, like Irsi Katteri ‘the foetus-eater’, who cast their shadow over her daily life.

Told over ten years to Josiane and Jean-Luc Racine, this is an intensely personal and moving self-portrait, informed by a sense of profound social change in contemporary India. To emancipationists Viramma is a Dalit, one of the oppressed; to Gandhians she is a Harijan, a daughter of God; in her village she is still treated as an Untouchable, a Pariah. In this remarkable book she reveals the world of an extraordinary woman living at the very margins of Indian society.

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