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Book cover of Viramma by Viramma, Josiane Racine and Jean-Luc Racine

Viramma 'Life Of An Untouchable' - Viramma, Josiane Racine and Jean-Luc Racine


Viramma tells her fascinating life story with the unsentimentality, humor and dramatic sense of a born storyteller: her carefree childhood; her marriage before puberty; giving birth to twelve children 'very gently, like stroking a rose'; adult life as an agricultural worker 'condemned to bake in the sun'; tales of gods and malign forces, like Irsi Katteri 'the foetus-eater', who cast their shadow over her daily life.


Told over ten years to Josiane and Jean-Luc Racine, this is an intensely personal and moving self-portrait, informed by a sense of profound social change in contemporary India. To emancipationists Viramma is a Dalit, one of the oppressed; to Gandhians she is a Harijan, a daughter of God; in her village she is still treated as an Untouchable, a Pariah. In this remarkable book she reveals the world of an extraordinary woman living at the very margins of Indian society.

Viramma - Viramma, Josiane Racine and Jean-Luc Racine

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  • Paperback

    ISBN:    9781859841488
    Publisher:    Verso Books
    Pub date:    27 Nov 1997
    Language:    English
    Number of pages:    312

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