Our Lady of Tamil Literature: Lakshmi Holmstrom

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Lakshmi Holmstrom, one of the greatest translators of Tamil literature, and award-winning translator of short stories and poetry from the Tamil canon, passed away yesterday.

The quintessential English academic, who lived in the rustic idyll of Norwich, and famously wore salwarkameezes, was one of the key figures to take the literary works of RK Narayan to a new generation of readers.

In addition to bringing to light the genius of contemporary stars such as Ambai and Sri Lankan poet Cheran and classical stalwarts such as 12th century bard Kambar, Holmstrom also brought out Fish in a Dwindling Lake (2012), a translation of short stories by writer Ambai; A Second Sunrise (2012), poems by Cheran translated and edited with Sascha Ebeling; and Salma’s The Hour Past Midnight (2009).

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Author: Zafar Anjum

I am a writer based in Singapore.

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