The Train That Had Wings

Selected Stories of M. Mukundan
M. Mukundan; Translated from the Malaysian by Donald R. Davis Jr.
A collection of story-vignettes by one of India’s best contemporary authors
This title is open access and free to read on the web A free online version is forthcoming. This open access version made available by National Endowment for the Humanities.


The Train That Had Wings presents modern life in Kerala in terms of a shared but tragically compromised humanity. Mukundan dares to look beneath the routines and facades of everyday life in order to probe depth of sin, greed, and hypocrisy but also to rediscover what brings joy and hope.
Sixteen short story translations and a critical introduction, offering examples of Mukundan's realistic, existentialist, psychedelic, and parabolic stories, show his range and talent for the very short story. If Hawthorne wrote “twice told tales,” Mukundan writes half-told tales, stories that jump in the middle, stomp around for just a minute, and leap away almost before the reader can settle in. Half-told, but a powerful and infectious half.
M. MUKUNDAN is one of the most successful modernist authors in Malayalam literature. He has acquired a considerable following among the literati and the general populace of Kerala, a small state of palm trees, trading ports, and paddy fields in south

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  • 5.5 x 8.5.
  • 152pp.
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  • Hardcover
  • 2005
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  • 978-0-89148-090-7

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  • 2005
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  • Open Access
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  • 978-0-472-90167-8