Kalachuvadu means “Time’s footprints” in Tamil.

Since 1995, Kalachuvadu Publications (KP) has not only blazed the trail for the finest in contemporary Tamil writing but also brought the best of world literature in translation to the doorstep of the Tamil reader.

With a list of over 1150 titles, KP is a vibrant and vital presence in the landscape of Tamil and Indian publishing. KP’s writers include the award-winning Ambai, G. Nagarajan, Ashokamitran, A. Muttulingam, Sharmila Seyyied PerumalMurugan, 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, Brekkukotsannáll by Halldór Laxness, El ivvierno de Gunter by Juan Manuel Marcos, Isha Borachat Me ‘besorach by David Grossman, Hurskas Kurjuus 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 and Ar balles Kurpem Sibirijas sniegos by Sandra Kalniete, Čarovnikov Vajenec by Evald Flisar, Druhe Mesto by Michal Ajvaz and Das geheime Leben der Bäume by Peter Wohlleben, Amah and the Silk-Winged Pigeons by Jocelyn Cullity, Avril Brise by Ismail Kadare and Gene Machine by Venki Ramakrishnan.

France: Le cauchemar de Marx by Denis Collin, Bonjour Tristesse by Francoise Sagan, Le fusil de mon père 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 Andreï Makine, Corps desirable and by Hubert Haddad, Les Passeurs De Livres De Daraya by Delphine MINOUI, Vol De Nuit and Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, by Albert Camus and Frére d’ âme by David Diop.

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 Barrico.

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

Spain: 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-seventh 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 the commercial success of a book. Based in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, South India, KP also publishes a little magazine, Kalachuvadu, a monthly review of politics and culture.


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