The Sanskrit word "Vikshepa" means "perturbation" or "disturbance". The novel Vikshepa, originally written in the Kannada language of southern India, is a classic of modern Indian literature, now appearing for the first time in translation in a Western language.
Rahul has grown up in a small south Indian village and wants nothing more than freedom: escape from the bonds of traditional society. He moves to the metropolis of Bombay to continue his study of the English language, which many see as a guarantee of happiness, freedom and success for the modern Indian man. In his search for meaning and orientation in life, he engages persons from different walks of life and different sections of society, and communists and Christian missionaries; he breaks off his engagement to a fellow student, only to get ensnared by his traditional relatives in a marriage that offers no satisfaction; meanwhile, he discovers that he is involved with smugglers and murderers, and he plans his escape to England.
was one of the leading modern authors of the Navya
or Modernist movement in Kannada, that began shortly after India
achieved independence. In most of his novels, short stories and essays,
Desai explores the challenges of a changing society in which
traditional values seem no longer so relevant and secure as they first
were. The subject matter of Vikshepa
is still more relevant for India as it is developing today than it
already was at the time of the book's first appearance. Under the
apparent lightness of the novel lie the serious problems of
disorientation in a changing world.
This major work of Desai has been translated from the Kannada into English by Robert J. Zydenbos, professor of Indology in the University of Munich, Germany.
Manya Verlag München
First edition 2009
Manya product no. 004
9.99 € (incl. 7% German sales tax)