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Sara Aboobacker, 1936-


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  1. Candragiri tiradalli.
    4th ed. Bengaluru : Navakarnataka Prakasana, 1995.
    (LC has acquired 1st ed. Bangalore : Patrike Prakasana, 1984)
    (LCCN: 85909918)
    MP3 excerpts: pp.16-30, pp. 61-64
  2. Vajragalu.
    Bengaluru : Navakarnataka Prakasana, 1988.
    (LCCN: 88904085)
    "Tayiya tyaga"
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 86-94
  3. The Scorching sun.
    (English translation of her story published in Indian literature # 184, 1988. New Delhi : Sahitya Akademi)
    MP3 excerpt: pp. 65-71

Sara Aboobacker, born on June 30, 1936 in Kasargod, Kerala, is a well known Kannada fiction writer. Her stories narrate Muslim lives in the areas bordering Karnataka and Kerala, focusing on the inequities and injustices meted out to women by the male society. Her stories are simple narratives, devoid of linguistic or stylistic adornments, but full of indignation and concern. She has gained immense popularity and recognition by virtue of the fact that she is perhaps the only woman writer to have emerged from the Muslim community in this region and demonstrated immense courage in taking up issues on behalf of the women of her community through her writings. Written in lucid realist style, her works are appreciated not only in Karnataka but also in Kerala where she is widely translated and discussed.

Sara Aboobacker has received many prestigious literary awards, such as the Karnataka Sahitya Akademi Award, 1984; Anupama Niranjan Award, 1987; Rathnamma Heggade Mahila Sahitya Award, 1996, etc. She has seven novels, four collection of short stories, and one collection of essays to her credit.

The Library of Congress has acquired eight of her works.


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