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Stories will outlive globalisation: Perumbadavam

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MARCH 22. Writers should not blindly go after fashions and trends. There should be an earnest effort to depict humanity always in a new light, Mr. Perumbadavam Sreedharan, novelist, has said.

- He was addressing a face-to-face programme organised by the International Centre for Kerala Studies on the Kariyavattom University campus here this afternoon.

In a calm and composed manner he replied to the queries of the students as well as the teachers.

- Will the technological advancements which have reduced the world into a global village have a bearing on literature? Will there be any difference in the experiences of the people living in opposite poles of the world?

- "The agony, ecstasy and enigma of people living in different parts of the world will never be the same. The literature of each nation and people would have its own characteristic features. The African and Latin American stories are the best instances. Resting on their tradition, the writers create their experiences in a new vein," he said.

- Globalisation will never mark the end of stories. Time was up to eschew the system of defining a literary creation. One may give some names and say that those are the novels which have all characteristic features of an ideal work.

This does not mean that more novels should be written in the same pattern. One who treads a path less taken and boldly shatters such conventions is the best writer. Caution should be exercised only in making each work a unique experience, Mr. Perumbadavam said.

A writer never chooses his style while attempting to write something. The style comes to him depending on the theme he selects, Mr. Perumbadavam narrated with examples.

A close analysis will reveal that the late Vaikkom Mohammed Basheer had not followed his usual style of humour and sarcasm in "Maranathinte Nizhalukal" and "Sabdhangal". Same is true of Mr. M. T. Vasudevan Nair. The renowned novel, "Manju", does not have his characteristic rustic style, Mr. Perumbadavam said.

Similarly, the language of "Abhayam," "Ashatapadhi" and "Oru Sangeerthanam Pole" have no comparison. On deciding to depict the life of Dostoevsky, he was never pre-occupied with the style. When Mr. Perumbadavam made a minute analysis of the life of Dostoevsky who wrote "Crime and Punishment" and other world classics, he realised that his hero had only two parallels, Jesus Christ and David.

All the three had to survive many trials and tribulations to ascend the heights of divinity. Before attempting the novel, all the three characters passed through his mind at a point and he was seized of the style.

He would only say that it was a spell cast on him at a particular point of his creation and he started writing. Ultimately, it proved to be a novel experience for the students to have the pangs of creation from the writer's mouth himself.

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