Friday, February 05, 2010

Malaysia's Tamil Writers

One can be forgiven if one has never heard of – never mind, read – Malaysian Tamil authors. It’s not that they don’t exist. It’s just that they are not known (or made known) to a non-Tamil-speaking audience. 
and who better than Uthaya Sankar SB to shine a light on them?

of the contemporary Tamil writing scene, Uthaya says :
Generally speaking, this is the state of the Tamil literary scene in Malaysia. Content takes precedence over form. Even then, one need not have a new story to tell – one can always rehash the same story for the hundredth time. In fact, it seems that as long as you are competent in written Tamil, you can see your story in print.
But, Uthaya concludes (based on his experience with financing M. Balachandran's sell-out collection Illa Manathin Vergal in 1997) : 
There is a new breed of talented young writers, and readers are ready for their unconventionality.

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