Saturday, 5 July 2008


Here's one to buy... anyone who loves dead pan humour, writing that sparks with originality, stories that take off and float around just above your head so you feel like a kid at a birthday party jumping for balloons.

Endorsed by last year's Frank O'Connor winner, Miranda July (weird, all this synchronicity)Kuzhali Manickavel's debut collection comes from a new press called BLAFT. LINK HERE TO THEIR WEBSITE.

Insects Are Just Like You and Me Except Some of Them Have Wings
by Kuzhali Manickavel

A centipede in a shoe, revelations in a shoebox, nosebleeds, exploding women, and a dead mouse named Miraculous populate this collection of thirty-five short stories from one of India's most original young writers.

"Not merely lyrical and strange, but also deadpan funny. I can't shake the feeling that I know this woman, personally--like we hung out at a party or something. But I don't, and we didn't. She's just that good."
--Miranda July

I was lucky enough to work with Kuzhali on The Workhouse for a while, and found her writing some of the most exciting I'd read in a long long time. Tried unsuccessfully to interest a UK publisher... but actually, I'm delighted that her work is being brought to the world from this new press.

Many congrats, K! No surprises that you landed a deal. Look forward to the next.


Tania Hershman said...

I second everything you said, congratulations K - definitely a must read for anyone who loves great writing.

Kuzhali Manickavel said...

Merci Vanessa :)


Vanessa Gebbie said...

de rien, K!

Ovo said...

Congrats K. You have done well.

mbjesq said...

I dearly loved this book too. My review can be read here.