Dalit writing- a relatively recent genre- is "characterized by startling language, ethnographic detail, and native idiom. Dalit writing in Tamil has gone hand in hand with political activism, and with critical and ideological debate. However a large portion of this writing has concentrated on the theme of victimhood." This book is quite different. And Bama's autobiography Karukku (Macmillan) which appeared several years ago, as well as her novel Sangati (also from OUP) are both listed on Scholars, as is a collection of short stories, Harum Scarum Saar (from Women Unlimited).
An important book from an important writer. In our Indian Literature in Translation section. Rs 345, ISBN 9780195696332