Kalachuvadu means “Time’s footprints”

Since 1995, Kalachuvadu Publications (KP) has not only been a pioneering force in contemporary Tamil writing but has also played a crucial role in introducing high-quality translations of world literature to Tamil readers, effectively bringing global literary treasures to their doorstep.

With a list of over 1200 titles, KP is a vibrant and vital presence in the landscape of Tamil and Indian publishing. KP ’s writers include the award-winning Ambai, A. Muttulingam, Sharmila Seyyied , Perumal Murugan, Salma, Sukumaran, A.R. Vekatachalapathy and Sundara Ramaswamy. KP ’s chronological variorum editions of acclaimed Tamil modernists set the benchmark for other publishers.

In keeping with its commitment to promoting exemplary literature from across the world, KP has published Tamil translations of ‘The God of Small Things’ by Arundhati Roy, Raymond Carver’s short stories, Anthology of Welsh Short Stories, Sylvia Plath’s Poems, ‘The Karamazov Brothers’ by Fyodor Dostoevsky, ‘Brekkukotsannál’l by Halldór Laxness, ‘Isha BorachatMibsora’ by David Grossman, ‘HurskasKurjuus’ by F.E. Sillanpää, ‘The Sound of SCH’ by Danielle Lim, ‘Szachinszach’ by Ryszard Kapuściński, ‘The Man with the Compound Eyes’ by Wu Ming- Yi, ‘ArballesKurpemSibirijassniegos’ by Sandra Kalniete, ‘Druhe Mesto’ by Michal Ajvaz. ‘Das geheime Leben der Bäume’ by Peter Wohlleben, ‘Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons’ by Jocelyn Cullity, ‘Avril Brise’ by Ismail Kadare, ‘Gene Machine’ by Venki Ramakrishnan, and ‘And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems’ and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and Selected poems of Mahmoud Darwish.

French: Le cauchemar de Marx by Denis Collin, Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan, Le fusil de monpère by Hiner Saleem, Le Procès-Verbal, Tempête by J.M.G. Le Clézio, Le Capitalisme En Dix Lecons by Michel Husson, L’ Homme révolté, La Chute and La Peste by Albert Camus, La vie d’un home inconnu by AndreïMakine, Corps desirable and by Hubert Haddad, Les PasseursDe Livres De Daraya by Delphine MINOUI, Vol De Nuit and Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frére d’ âme by David Diop and La Place by Annie ERNAUX.

Slovenia: ČarovnikovVajenec by Evald Flisar and Spremeni me by Andrej Blatnik.

Flanders: Problemski Hotel by Dimitri Verhulst, De buitenkant van Meneer Jules by Diane Broeckhoven and My Little War by Louis Paul Boon.

Ireland: The Sea by John Banville , The Insurrection in Dublin by James Stephens, Fallen by Lia Mills, Cre na Cille and Fuíoll Fuine by Máirtín Ó Cadhain

Italy: KA by Roberto Calasso and Seta by Alessandro Baricco.

Norway: Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson, Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder, Genanse og verdighet by Dag Solstad.

Spanish: One Hundred Years of Solitude and Chronicle of a death foretold by Gabriel García Márquez.

Turkey: My Name is Red, Snow, Istanbul,The White Castle and Kara Kitap by Orhan Pamuk, Aziz Bey Incident by Ayfer Tunc, Latife Hanim by İpek çalişlar, Huzur, The Time Regulation Institute by Ahmed Hamdi Tanpinar and İstanpul İstanpul, Musumlar by Burhan Sönmez.

Australia: Dark Matters Susan Hawthorne and Locust Girl by Merlinda Bobis and My Sister Chaos by Lara Fergus.

Currently in its twenty-eighth year, KP continues to be the undisputed frontrunner of high-quality Tamil publishing. For KP, the touchstone of quality will always be defined by the social relevance rather than commercial success of a book. Based in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, South India, KP also publishes a monthly magazine, Kalachuvadu.


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