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1 Susan Visvanathan
An Ethnography of Mysticism: The Narratives of Abhishiktananda: A French Monk in India
Indian Institute of Advanced Study; Shimla, India; 1998; 8185952531 / 9788185952536; First Edition; Paperback; Very Good; 
Printed pages: 121. Slightly rubbed cover. 021686

Price: 3.95 USD
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2 Susan Visvanathan
Friendship, Interiority and Mysticism: Essays in Dialogue
Orient Longman; New Delhi, India; 2007; 8125032215 / 9788125032212; First Edition; Hard Cover; New; New; 
Printed pages: 264. 017239

Price: 25.00 USD
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3 Susan Visvanathan
Something Barely Remembered
IndiaInk/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 8186939067 / 9788186939062; Softcover; New; 
In a remarkable new form, Susan Visvanathan's inter-linked stories pick up voices, names, ideas and lives at various points in the narrative to knot them elsewhere, in another story, time and place. The result is the evocation of a community, born of Puthenkavu, scattered as far as Belfast, Zurich, London, Rome and Casablanca, with the memories of one character touching the life of another: Centuries ago, Puthenkavu had been a coastal village; now only the sand remained to prove it. It was almost thirty miles inland but when the storms came, one was at once reminded of the sea. Here, in the darkened church - with reed mats stained by grimed feet - stands Lukose Achen, his uplifted face translucent and pale in the light of a fluttering lamp, eager to see God. In another time, Elizabeth sits on a chair in Leicester Square, the small man sketching her in charcoal to look like Iris Murdoch. Eli adored Murdoch, read every line, but she didn't want to look like her. This prompts an intellectual pilgrimage to Cambridge. Having seen Murdoch, wheel-chair bound, Eli can return to the gentle obscurity of her life, waiting for rain to fall in a far away small town in Kerala. Once, Ivan had come back home to the village in the summer, come home to die, to be with his sister. In the large rooms of the taravat, he recalls the long Biblical genealogies that his father had read to him by candlelight. How tedious it seemed, this preoccupation with ancestry, sonhood, and naming. Visvanathan's overlapping stories, crafted over 10 years, combine nostalgia, fantasy, intellect and desire, to create a sense of being at the heart of a remembered world. Her style is at once dreamlike and lucid - much like water colours on paper. A haunting new voice. Printed Pages: 171. 108490

Price: 4.55 USD
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4 Susan Visvanathan (ed.)
Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in India
Oxford University Press; New Delhi, India; 2001; 0195655257 / 9780195655254; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
Structure and Transformation attempts to understand some of the key theoretical and empirical debates in the fields of urbanization, industrialization and stratification in India. The essays in this volume engage with the problem of typologies-tribal, peasant and industrial-in order to rethink the issues of modernity and tradition. The authors problematize a vast array of literature on tribal, peasant and industrial sociology, grappling with conceptual problems related to the uncritical application of theories germinated in the West to Indian contexts. The primary assumption of all the essays is that the conventional binary opposition between primitive and modern, and the schema of the First, Second and Third worlds is redundant to our times. With this approach, the essays explore the tribal question, gender and the workplace, culture, change and colonial India, as well as issues in urban sociology. The contributors to this volume do not propose a single solution to any of the problems but attempt to engage with the discursive and volatile aspects of the discipline of sociology, enlivening and reinvigorating old debates. It is hoped that through this exercise the student will come to read sociology in a new and refreshing way. Printed Pages: 235. 013785

Price: 10.00 USD
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5 Susan Visvanathan
The Children Of Nature: The Life And Legacy Of Ramana Maharashi
Lotus Collection/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 2013; 8174368051 / 9788174368058; First Edition; Paperback; New; 

Price: 7.25 USD
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6 Susan Visvanathan
The Children of Nature: The Life and Legacy of Ramana Maharshi
Lotus Collection/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 8174368051 / 9788174368058; First Edition; Paperback; New; 
An autobiographical interpretative work, The Children of Nature is an attempt to understand the role of spirituality and its social relevance. Susan Visvanathan also tries to comprehend the volatility of the town of Tiruvannamalai: abode of Ramana Maharshi. Using published material, as well as diaries and letters from Sri Ramanasramam, the author uses the method of collage to splice together many movements in telling of history. Battling her own illness, Susan meets people, makes friends and learns that solitude has a grammar that is completely acceptable within community life. Ramanasramam becomes home to her, and a place she associates with a sense of well-being and life. The book tries to explicate the extent to which a person's experience of the divine can be explained by social anthropology. What are the limits of interpretation, how can boundaries of a discipline get extended when its object of study is often a moment of subjective revelation, and how far is it possible to understand the interweaving of the sacred and the profane in the lives of ordinary human beings? Printed Pages: 254. 039128

Price: 6.35 USD
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7 Susan Visvanathan
The Seine at Noon
IndiaInk/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 8186939369 / 9788186939369; Hardcover; New; New; 
Haunted by the death during the First World War of his parents, immigrant jews from Kerala, Stefan lives out his day in Paris selling curios in his shop. A chance encounter brings him in contact with Jacques, a Frenchman, son of a rich mother but eking out a living on his boat on the Seine, fashioning miniature boats out of wood, basking in the Metro: in essence, unemployed. The friendship between the Frenchman and the immigrant is the real axis of the story, and the river is its witness. Both men know the intensity of love and longing for a woman, whether their women are constantly by their side or not. Stefan's passion for his wife Esther is all-consuming and eternal, but though she reciprocates in her fashion, he cannot prevent her escaping from him when she chooses. Jacques's wife Tatiana has left him to paint on the sidewalks of Montmatre, ever in search of a union with her muse, Dali. Jacques professes not to care, but she remains for him the one women he continues to seek. Jacques and Tatiana's daughter, Bianca, gentle and timid, loves each of her dysfunctional parents with equal intensity. She carves a space for herself in the narrative, keeping alive the innocence and vitality of youth. After Esther's death, Stefan, Jacques and Bianca go on a journey to Kerala, to the ancestral house that Esther has bequeathed to Bianca. There, Stefan meets a sudden and horrifying end - an event that sends Bianca eventually to another country, America, and Jacques back to Paris, the only city that he could ever call home, even in the absence of all whom he called family. Printed Pages: 133. 108497

Price: 5.02 USD
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8 Susan Visvanathan
The Visiting Moon
IndiaInk/Roli Books; New Delhi, India; 8186939113 / 9788186939116; Hardcover; New; New; 
In this strange and haunting novel, Rashmi, a woman and a writer, lives out an obsessive, everyday existence. The landscape that she inhabits and writes about - with its backdrop of marriage and friendship, love and death, perfection and madness - is at once tempestuous, brutal and delicate: nothing seems in consonance, yet there exists the symmetry of a beating heart, a dripping tap. A modern novel, where the subconscious reveals itself in a manner funny and violent. Printed Pages: 153. 108502

Price: 4.55 USD
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