Thursday, June 22, 2006
An Iron Harvest
An Iron Harvest
Author: CP Surendran
Publisher: India Ink/Roli Books
Price: Rs. 350
From the Back Cover
John is the young Che Guevara-like leader of a Maoist revolutionary organization, Red Earth, active in Kerala, India. John's classmate, Abe, has gone missing in police custody, though he is a political innocent. John suspects Abe has been tortured to death. Death in police custody was a regular feature of the dark days of the 19-month Emergency, which the then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi declared in a fit of pure paranoia in June 1975, the year of the story.
Not able to withstand the brute force of the State, Red Earth begins to disintegrate. But for John, the unlikely revolution he is working at has already taken on the intimate emotional intensity of a vendetta.
The fast-paced action of An Iron Harvest revolves in measured grooves around the characters of John, Sebastian, Abe's elderly father, and the sadistic, sexually troubled Deputy Inspector General of Police, Raman, a killer without a conscience.
In bare terms this is the story of one death and three people. An Iron
Harvest is based on a real life incident.
About the author
CP Surendran is one of the most important poets of India. No one in his generation has succeeded more in inventing a language, at once bare, bleak and burnished, for India's own big city blues. His poems from Gemini II, Posthumous Poems and Canaries On The Moon have been made into anthologies. An Iron Harvest is CP's Surendran's first novel. Besides his work as a poet and writer, CP is very well known in India as a journalist and columnist.