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ഖസാക്കിന്റെ ഇതിഹാസം | Khasakkinte Ithihasam

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Khasakkinte Itihasam is a path-breaking Malayalam novel written by the Indian writer O. V. Vijayan. First published in 1969 and generally referred to Khasak in literary circles, the book is regarded as the most popular and largest selling novel in South Asia. Ravi, a student of astrophysics and a great visionary, is a teacher in an informal education centre in Khasak. The ...more
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Published August 1990 by DC Books (first published November 12th 1969)
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Radhika S Nair
May 21, 2013 Radhika S Nair rated it really liked it
എനറെ ഖസാകകി നറെ ഇതിഹാസ കാരാ , നിനനോട ഞാൻ പറയടടെ....3 തവണ യാണ ഈ അൽപ ജഞാനി എനനെകകൊണടിതു വയയ എനന പറഞഞു കണണുകൾ പിൻവലിചചത അതരയകക കടടിയായ ഭാഷ .....ഖാലിയാരും, അലലാപിചച മൊലലാകകയും തുടകകതതില തെലലൊനനുമലല ഭാഷ കൊണടെനനെ വലചചത ....മനസസില നിലകകാതത കഥാപാതരങങൾ എനന പറഞഞാണ പലപപോഴും മടകകി വകകേണടി വനനത......വീണടും എനനെ തോലപപികകുനന ആ ബുകക നോട ജയികകാനുളള ആവേശം വീണടും എനനെ വായനകകാരി ആകകി......തുടർനന പോകവേ രവിയും പതമയും ഒരു മാധവികകുടടി രചനയുടെ ലാളിതയവും ആരഭാടവും കൊണടുവനനു.....എനനാൽ പടടാമപികകാരൻ രവി ഖസാകകിൽ പോയത കോടചിയെ ...more
Akshay Joy
Jun 04, 2013 Akshay Joy rated it it was amazing
ഞാൻ ഏററവും കൂടുതൽ സമയം ചെലവഴിചച ഒരു ഐററം തനനെ ആണ വിജയാ നിനറെ ഖസാകക ... ഖസഖിനറെ ഇതിഹാസം ആണ ബുകകിനറെ പേരെങകിലും .... ഇത വായിചചു കഴിഞഞപപോൾ ഈ ബൂകിനെ ആണോ അതോ അതിനറെ സരിഷടവിനെയാണോ ഇതിഹാസം എനന പറയേണടത എനന ഒരു സംശയമേ മാതരമേ ബാകിയുളള ....... മലയാളതതിൽ എലലാ കാലതതും ഈ ബുകക ഒരു ഇതിഹാസം അയരകകും........ കാലങങള എതര കടനനു പോയാലും രവി സിരും അലലാപിചച മോലലകയും..... കുഞഞനതാൻ മസറെരും ... ഇപപോഴും ജീവികകുനനു... ...more
Rohit
Mar 31, 2013 Rohit rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1malayalam
വായിചചു പകുതിയായപപോഴാണ ഇത പണടെനനോ വായിചചതാണെനന യാഥാർതഥയം തിരിചചറിയുനനത. ഓരോ വരിയും പരിചിതം, എനനാലോ കഥയൊടടു ഓർമയിലല താനും. വായികകുനതോറും ഖസാകക ഉളളിൽ തെളിയുകയായിരുനനു.രവി നടകകുനന വഴികളിലൂടെ കഥാകാരനറെ ഗതി വിഗതികളിലൂടെ ഖസാകക ഉളളിൽ നിറയുകയായിരുനനു. അളളാപിചചാമൊലലാകക, അപപു കിളി , മാധവൻ നായര, മൈമുന, നൈസാമലി, ആബിദ, കുഞഞാമിന, കുപപുവചചൻ അങങനെ അങങനെ എലലാരും. ഒപപം ചെതലിയും കൂമനകാവും രാജാവിനറെ പളളിയും പിനനെ 'റബബുൽ ആലമീനായ തമപുരാനറെയും മുതത നബിയുടെയും ബദരീങങളുടെയും ഉടയവനായ' സെയയദദമിയാൻ ഷെയഖും എലലാം ഉളളിൽ നിറഞഞ ...more
Adv Sajin
Feb 06, 2014 Adv Sajin rated it liked it
പണടുപണട, ഓനതുകളകും മുനപ, ദിനോസരുകളകകും മുനപ, ഒരു സായാഹനതതില രണടു ജീവബിനദുകകള നടകകാനിറങങി. അസതമയതതിലാറാടിനിനന ഒരു താഴവരയിലെതതി.

ഇതിനറെ അപപുറം കാണണടേ? ചെറിയ ബിനദു വലിയതിനോടു ചോദിചചു.
പചചപിടിചച താഴവര, ഏടടതതിപറഞഞു. ഞാനിവിടെതതനനെ നിലകകടടെ.
എനികകു പോകണം, അനുജതതി പറഞഞു.
അവളുടെ മുനപില കിടനന അനനതപഥങങളിലേകക അനുജതതി നോകകി.
നീ ചേചചിയെ മറകകുമോ? ഏടടതതി ചോദിചചു.
മറകകിലല, അനുജതതി പറഞഞു.
മറകകും, ഏടടതതി പറഞഞു. ഇതു കരമമപരമപരയുടെ സനേഹരഹിതമായ കഥയാണ. ഇതില അകലചചയും ദുഃഖവും മാതരമേയുളളൂ.അനുജതതി നടനനകനനു. അസതമയതതിനറെ താഴവരയില ഏ
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Arun Divakar
Jan 19, 2012 Arun Divakar rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
The English language has a word that can aptly summarize this book : Magic . Amidst these pages is sketched a portrait of a place named Khasak. A sleepy hamlet isolated from the relatively bustling town of Palakkadu in northern Kerala is Khasak. Guarded by the brooding & enigmatic palms the little village is inhabited by men & women who stand apart from most of the cliches.

To say that I loved the landscape of this tale would be an understatement. Even seven years after my first read, I
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Lekshmy Shaji
Jan 16, 2014 Lekshmy Shaji rated it it was amazing
I've always thought I've read fine literature, before i started this one.. I was totally wrong.. This is what you call a fine piece of literature.. Truly a legend.. !!!
Pramod Mathew
Jan 02, 2013 Pramod Mathew rated it it was amazing
The Legends of Khasak

The irrationalities of a sanguine age, the horrors of war, pogroms in the name of God, caste, language, region and nation have been the popular themes in the works of Malayalam fiction writer and cartoonist O.V. Vijayan.

Such was the influence of his debut Malayalam novel Khaskinte Ithihaasam (1969) that it divided Malayalam literature into two halves; the pre-Khask era and the post-Khasak one. It has run into 50 reprints and is the most widely sold novel in South Asia.The Le
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Nandakishore Varma
Nov 23, 2015 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
"Khasak", the fictional village in rural Palakkad in Kerala, is part of the mythology of a whole generation of Keralites. O. V. Vijayan has accomplished the writer's ultimate dream in this novel: the creation of characters who have live outside the narrow confines of the written page.

Allapicha Mollakka
Nizam Ali
Appukkili
And many others...

They will live, as long as the Malayalam language is alive.

PS: For those who can't read Malayalam, the book is available in translation as The Legends of Khasak.
Gayathri Jayakumar
A book which portrays the soul of the villages of Kerala. Filled with every character you'd expect to find in a village... The same communist struggles, religious conflicts, legends, myths, rituals all packed up into a single book that beautifully traverses through the life of the protagonist who is school teacher. The book enchants in its own way and the characters linger in our heart and mind for a while... It feels like you have just listened to a nostalgic melody that was forgotten for a lon ...more
Backer
Aug 17, 2014 Backer rated it really liked it
അനന വരെ മലയാള സാഹിതയ ലോകം കണടു ശീലിചച 'ബലാകക ഓർ വൈററ' അഥവാ നനമയുടെ നിറകുടങങളും ആദർശതതിനറെയും സഹനതതിനറെയും പരതീകങങൾ അലലെങകിൽ കരൂരതയുടെയും കുടിലതയിടെയും പരയായങങളായ വിലലനമാർ കേനദര കഥാപാതരങങളായി വിലസിയിരുനന കാലഘടടതതിൽ കേനദര കഥാപാതരങങളിലൊകകെ 'ഗരേ ഷെയഡ' നൽകികകൊണട നടപപ ശീലങങളെ തകർതതു എനനതാവണം ഖസാകകിനറെ ഏററവും വലിയ പരതയേകത

പകഷെ, "മലയാള നോവല സാഹിതയചരിതരതതെ ഖസാകകിനു മുമപും ഖസാകകിനു ശേഷവും എനന രണടായി പകുതത നോവല","അരനൂററാണടുകാലതത മലയാളതതില എഴുതപപെടട സരഗസാഹിതയസൃഷടികളില ഏററവും മഹതവരമെനന വിശേഷിപപികകപപെടുനന കൃത
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Abeer Hoque
Jan 13, 2008 Abeer Hoque rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-recommend
Gorgeously sensuously written (and translated from Malayalam by the author himself) - dreamy and deep fabulist stories that twine science and fate. Will have to pick up more of his stuff when I can.
Sairam Krishnan
Mar 19, 2015 Sairam Krishnan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do you make a land & a people come to life? How do you give them identity & personality? How do you paint a place's magic in prose?

You write it in the language of the land, in its own colloquial drawls and naughty insinuations, in its own nasal twang and poetic allegories. This book bears in it the truth of the idea that many Indian critics preach - that Indian writing in English will always be a fraud, a colonial leftover that can never be the real thing. I don't think myself qualif
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Viji Sarath (Bookish endeavors)
'Njangalku vazhi kanichu taruka,avar paranju. Avarude kannukal kalanjitu tirichuvaran ayaalavarodu paranju..'
Even though this is the story of common men in day-to-day life,I'll call this a fable because all the characters seemed to be talking in multidimensions. It was a bit difficult reading it because of the language,but I got used to it as I turned pages. I tried to talk like Appukkili out of curiosity. I sympathized with Padma when she asks Ravi whether he is not coming back. I felt like vo
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Vijay
Nov 23, 2012 Vijay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am happy to have read a decent novel set in India, outside Tamil Nadu, written in the vernacular, and translated, in this case by the author himself, in English. I find this way more authentic than the Indian English authors who take up Indian-India themes for their novels.

Ravi studies the big wide universe in his Astrophysics course at college. An incestuous affair evokes intense shame in him and it drives him out of college before graduating. He wanders trying to get over it and lands up in
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Nandgopal
Jul 23, 2012 Nandgopal rated it it was amazing
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Ganesh Sanal
Jan 27, 2016 Ganesh Sanal rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who cannot just see that the curtains were fucking blue
Shelves: classics, malayalam
description

Now you may enjoy the book a lot and advertise it as one of malayalam's greatest classics if you are like the English teacher. Well I am not. If I wanted stuffs like that I would read a poem which is why I hate poems. And it ends in the most cliché climax in this genre. How do you identify a malayalam classic? When all the important characters die at the end for no apparent reason. Do not worry that I spoiled the story. This aint G.R.R. M., you can predict all this from the first chapter itself.
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Hirosh tt
Jan 30, 2013 Hirosh tt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great Work..................
A very beautiful representation of intense human relationship of khasak people.The surprise ending also makes me more and more addicted towards this novel.This is a type of novel when we gets different feelings as we reads this at different times.
Deepthi Terenz
Mar 23, 2016 Deepthi Terenz rated it really liked it
Shelves: must-read, malayalam
മലയാളസാഹിതയതതെ ഖസാകകിനു മുൻപ ഖസാകകിനു പിൻപ എനനു തരംതിരിചചതിൽ ഒടടും അതിശയോകതിയിലല. ഒരു പാട കഥാപാതരങങൾ, വളരെ ഭംഗിയായ പാലകകാടൻ ഭാഷയും.അതിമനോഹരം ...ഇനിയും കുറചച കാലം കഴിഞഞു വീണടും വായികകണം. ...more
Matthewz Philip
A legendary masterpiece! That's what it is said about O.V.Vijayan's 'The Legends of Khasak'.
Had it not been for the vernacular conversations of the characters in the novel, I would have liked it more. The story is not just about a central protagonist; it deals with the lives of a few fragile characters in an imaginary land 'Khasak'. The story begins and ends with the arrival and death of Ravi, the main character, who comes to the place to run a govt.school. What I felt was that the story might h
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Asha
Mar 12, 2015 Asha rated it it was amazing
Shelves: malayalam
When one is ready to grasp, the book appears! So was it with me and the famed Khasaakinte Ithihaasam. Hailing from Palakkad, the places mentioned in the narrative, the charm of life in rustic villages, and the typical Palakkad dialect – that of Ezhavas and the Tamil laced Malayalam of Rowthers in particular – all were a veritable treat for the book lover in me and something I could connect with, being brought up in a sleepy Palakkad village.

Ravi, the protagonist in the novel, comes to Khasak (T
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Praveen Selvaraj
Apr 03, 2015 Praveen Selvaraj rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
கசாககு...பாலககாடடின அருகில உளள மலபார கிராமம. புதிதாக ஆரமபிககபபடும பளளிககூடததுககு ஆசிரியராக வநது சேரும, பறறறறிருநதும எதையோ பறறத துடிககும ரவி, புராதனதைப புனிதமாகக கருதும அலலாபிசசை மொலலாககா, முஸலிமகளை முஸலமானகளாக நினைககும சிவராமன நாயர, நைசாமலி, மாதவன நாயர, மைமூனா,குடடாடன, சாநதுமமா என இனனும பலரின மீது வாழககை தன எதாரததததின கைகளை அகல விரிககிறது. எதாரததததின மீது ஒவவொருவரும தனது எதிரவினைகளை ஆறறுகிறாரகள. மனிதரகள மலரகிறாரகள, மலரநது மடிகிறாரகள. அததனையையும அமைதியாகப பாரததுப புனனகைததுக கொணடிருகிறது தூரதது செ ...more
Dilsha
Jun 01, 2013 Dilsha rated it really liked it
Oh god! At last I can picturize the village Khasak and the characters in the novel. When I was reading first time, I am familiar with the Malabar Muslim colloquial language. But I didn't understand the novel. Second time, know little bit of Tamil too, still I couldn't follow the novel, also I thought why the author used such a complicated poetic Malayalam. But I didn't give up. I know the author took 12 years to write this book so I have given a third chance. While reading third time the book wa ...more
Harsh Gopal
Jul 10, 2014 Harsh Gopal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a brilliant book.
I haven't read the original Malayalam version, but as the author mentioned earlier, a lot has been lost in translation. I believe that would be true. My mother said that its a very difficult book to understand( she was talking about the original). That is because of the Palakkad slang that is prominent in the book i believe. Since that has been completely removed in the English version(it had to be), it was a smooth read.
The fictitious land of Khasak stays in your mind and
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Neha
Nov 16, 2014 Neha rated it liked it
I loved the writing style..Once i got the hang of it, I really enjoyed the language even though it was pretty difficult. I had to read some sentences twice or thrice to understand the meaning of it.(Meaning of each sentences is given as a foot note by the author. But I didn't prefer that.) Book is interesting but still I think it is over hyped. I may had over expectation about this book because of its fame and reading others comments. And the book didn't reach up to my expectations:(. And may be ...more
Vijay Kumar
Oct 13, 2014 Vijay Kumar rated it it was amazing
A real classic novel in Malayalam. This novel will make us think differently on various aspects, including culture, ethics.
Vishnu Haridas
Nov 23, 2015 Vishnu Haridas rated it really liked it
Shelves: malayalam
ആദയവായന കഴിഞഞു. വായനകകാരായ ചില സുഹൃതതുകകള വളരെ നലല അഭിപരായം പറഞഞതനുസരിചച രണടു വരഷം മുനപ ഇത വാങങി. വായന തുടങങിയപപോള തനനെ ഭാഷ ഒരു കലലുകടിയായി, അപപോള തനനെ അടചചുവെചചു എനനുമാതരമലല, ആ പുസതകം ഒരു ലോകകല ലൈബരറിയകക സംഭാവന ചെയയുകയും ചെയുതു. പിനനീട വീണടും ഇതേകകുറിചച വീണടും വീണടും നലല വാകകുകള കേടടപപോള കഴിഞഞമാസം ഒരു കോപപി വാങങി, ഇനിയെനത വനനാലും ഇത വായികകുമെനന ദൃഡനിശചയതതില വായന തുടങങി അവസാനിപപിചചു.

ഒരുപകഷെ എനറെ ആസവാദനനിലവാരം കുറഞഞതുകൊണടോ, അതോ ഭാഷയുടെ കടുപപം കൊണടോ എനനറിയിലല, കലാസസിക നിലവാരതതിലുളള ഒരു ആസവാദയത ഉണട
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Ajay
Aug 23, 2015 Ajay rated it really liked it
ഖസാകകിനറെ ഇതിഹാഹസം മലയാള നോവല സാഹിതയ ശാഖയെ രണടായി വിഭജിചചു അതരേ " ഖസാകകിനു മുനപും ഖസാകകിനു ശേഷവും". ആമുഖം വായിചചപപോള ഒരു അതിശയോകതിയായി തോനനി. വായികകാന തുടങങിയപപോള കടുകടടിയായ പാലകകാടന ഉചചാരണം പലപപോഴും വിലങങുതടിയായി. എനനാല വായിചചു ഒരു ഫലോ കിടടി കഴിഞഞാല പിനനെ രവിയുടെ , കുഞഞാമിനയുടെ, നൈസാമാലിയുടെ, ബാലന നായരുടെ , മയമുനയുടെ , അലലാപപിചിമോലലാകകയുടെ മനസസിലൂടെയും ഖസാകകിലെ വഴികളിലൂടെയും കഥാകാരന പരതയേകിചചു ആമുഖമോനനും ഇലലാതെ തനനെ നമമെ കൂടടി കൊണട പോവുനനു.

ചില സംഭാഷണ ശകലങങള തനനെ മനസസില കനാല കോരിയിടുനനു

"ആബിതകക
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Arun Karunagath
Jun 18, 2014 Arun Karunagath rated it it was amazing
A book which is fully food for thought.
Honestly, language used in the book was a hard nut for me.

A decade and some years used to write this novel is very well spent is what I should be saying..

It sure shed in depth information about life in that era, though the place and characters are mostly mythical.

I can't explain it in simple terms, you have to experience it. it has lot to tell you, yet it'll leave a lot for you to tinker, and analyse over and over...
Vinayakan M
Feb 25, 2014 Vinayakan M rated it it was amazing
ഇതര സംഗീതാതമകമായ തോനനിയ മററൊരു പുസതകമുണടൊ എനനു തനനെ സംശയമാണ.
കൂമനകാവില ബസ ഇറങങുനന രവിയെ എതര മനോഹരമായണ മരണം തഴുകിയുണരതതുനനത!
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DILIP
Mar 25, 2015 DILIP rated it really liked it
OV Vijayan's masterpiece The Legends Of Khasak originally published in Malayalam as Kasakinde itihasam has been collecting dust in my bookshelf for a long time before I reluctantly decided to flip through few pages to see if it is worth my time.And wasn't I bowled over by this hallucinogenic trip into the multilayered,complex & rich lives of the Kazhakans.Evoking an intricate admixture of nature,that appears as a cardinal character itself,with Philosophy the author lets the narrative spatter ...more
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O. V. Vijayan was born in Palakkad on July 2, 1930. His father O. Velukkutty was an officer in Malabar Special Police of the erstwhile Madras Province in British India.Formal schooling began at the age of twelve, when he joined Raja’s High School, Kottakkal in Malabar, directly in to sixth grade. The following year, Velukkutty was transferred and Vijayan joined the school at Koduvayur in Palakkad. ...more
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