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ഖസാക്കിന്റെ ഇതിഹാസം | Khasakkinte Ithihasam

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Paperback, 164 pages
Published August 1990 by DC Books (first published November 12th 1969)
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Arun Divakar
Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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 can thin
Pramod Mathew
Dec 19, 2012 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
Lekshmy Shaji
Jan 03, 2014 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.. !!! ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Dec 17, 2011 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
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.
Jul 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Viji (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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A book which is entirely food for thought.
Honestly, the language style used in the book was a hard nut for me.

A decade and some years that took 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...
Keerthana Gopalakrishnan
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked up this critically acclaimed classic to better understand Malayalam literature and life in rural Kerala. It is not one big epic but a collection of incidents set in and around a village that is 10 minutes from my home in Palakkad. The writer exercises abundant subtlely in his narration and bounces forth from reality and imagination so much so that much is left to the interpretation of the reader. What I enjoyed the most was the depiction of the many, many folklores and superstitions of ...more
This one was a major letdown as I had been looking forward to reading this book for 3 years or more, ever since I came to know of its significance in the malayalam literary scene. Even got a mint new malayalam paperback which unfortunately I couldn't read due to the different dialect used which was too much for a person not much used to reading or speaking malayalam.
Switched over to the English book, and still the story failed to charm me. It has been described as Magical Realism, but other tha
Arathi Mohan
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: malayalam, india
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Vadassery Rakesh
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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O.V. Vijayan shows the glimpses of a Genius in sketching meticulously the intricacies of a fictional village. It has all the ingredients of a rural dwelling. The innocence of children has been captured with all its flavors. The sex which happens in the rural areas without much fanfare and as a routine affair has also been captured sensually. The end is totally surprising but on a second thought that was a logical end to the main protagonist. Finally I felt having read the Malayali version of Mal ...more
Hirosh tt
Jul 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Deepu Shibu
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
The malayalam spoken in this book is different from the mainstream print media malayalam you see and read on a day to day basis. It has the influence of being in the borders of Tamil Nadu and hence some of the conversations does leave you to think out as to what the author has meant by it.
Apart from that its a beautiful book. Its the story of Khasak, a small village in Palakkad district. The elements that work in a village setting are clearly pictured here by the author. The theme is a bit dark
Mohammed Rasheen
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: malayalam
An absolute intense read!so far the best work of surrealistic fiction in malayalam ever done. I'm glad I didn't pick it up any earlier because it was a hard book for me to follow up at the beginning, I had to read some paragraphs and even chapters multiple times, but the magic with this book was, the harder it gets, the more i wanted to understand it better. I must re-read it.loved the ending. It was so dreamy. ...more
Ganesh Sanal
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who cannot just see that the curtains were fucking blue
Shelves: classics, malayalam

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.
May 17, 2013 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
Sandeep KP
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May be the most discussed Malayalam novel of all time. It depicts the adventures of Ravi who comes as a teacher in a single handed school in the village of Khasak. All the characters in this book is a raw reflection of a typical village. It is considered as the book which introduced magical realism in Malayalam following the path of Marquez. Appeared first in a weekly in the late 60s, and then published as a full novel, this is one of the most sold out books in Malayalam and a must read. Beauty ...more
Mahesan Vasudevan
Aug 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book was not a mere read but an experience as a whole. Having lived near to the realm where the story has taken place, I could relate to it easily. The book has been in my backlog for a while. I feel a sense of closure after completing it.

P.S: Particularly liked the way author talks about theory of evolution by natural selection in one of the chapters.
Jeanna Thomas
Apr 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ma fav portn f dis nvl s d lst part..ravi's death i guess nobdy cn describe someones death mor beautifuly thn tis...seductive ...more
Meenu Mithran
Dec 28, 2020 rated it did not like it
Why is this book so overrated !
Jose Puttanani
Oct 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read the Itihasam for nearly 30 years, but finally made it now only. Khasakhinte Itihasam remains one of the best loved books in Malayalam literature. In my view, the book’s speciality is its simplicity and complexity at the same time. It could be seen as a book narrating lives of a few ordinary people struggling to get on with their lives in a remote Palakkadan village. A story someone else can convert into an action packed thriller. What stands out is the novelist’s ability to writ ...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 What I felt was that the story might h
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A true legend of a book that transcends time and Epic Trip.
Still bewildered by the beauty of the OVV's craft.
I first read it when I was 18 and it was a bit of a whirl wind.
Totally unconventional and enigmatic.
I'm 38 now and I have read it a few more times,each time it reveals a new facet of spirituality or sensuality.
Sometimes I just open a random page and start drifting with those time wrapped images.
Recently I read a chapter from LEGEND OF KHASAK,selected by Anita Nair in her antholog
Mar 25, 2015 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 wit ...more
Jan 27, 2014 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
Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Much like the protagonist, you wander through Khasak, a rustic, mystic place in rural Palakkad where nature reigns prominent and life leads a slow pace. Took some time to get used to the spoken language and the rather peculiar narration, but once it hit the right notes, I came to know why it is called an Ithihasam !

Full of poetry, the book is like the Eastern winds the blow frequently through Khasak. Enjoy the book in deep solitude, with a cup of coffee and rain for accompaniment.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Giving Khazhak a 5* as I would re-read it and recommend it as well. OVV makes the ordinary look metaphysical. Though the language, the original text in Malayalam, is at times tough to read as the characters speak a colloquial Palghat-mulla malayalam with an influence of tamil. But the writing in general is beautiful.
Nov 06, 2012 rated it liked it
another golden feather in modern malayalam literature
Bijo Philip
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
the best books by O V Vijayn... for Dharmapuranam was puky and the rest were more forced than natural. Guess this one just flowed from him pen
Vijay Kumar
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A real classic novel in Malayalam. This novel will make us think differently on various aspects, including culture, ethics.
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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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