Poonachi, the Story of a Black Goat

Poonachi is Perumal Murugan’s novel published after the violent protests against One Part Woman, which brings the author’s work to notice. In 2015, Murugan abandoned his lifelong home in the Tamil Nadu town of Namakkal following threats and intimidation about the novel’s portrayal of life and gave up literature for a brief period.

The preface of the book says, “I am fearful of writing about humans; even more fearful of writing about gods….” “Therefore, I’ve chosen to write about goats.”

The Story of a Goat explores a side of India that is rarely considered: the rural lives of the country’s farming community.

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