Exploring the Love for Books and Reading: Susanna’s Granthapura is the first English translation of the Malayalam novel Susannayude Grandhappura by Ajai Mangattu. It is a coming-of-age novel that transcends the world of old bookstores and uncovers secret treasures. It celebrates the strong bonds that form between individuals who share a passion for reading and books with one another.
Why does Paul, who is typically distant and reticent, want to meet Ali after Susanna’s death?
Why are Ali and Abhi so intrigued by the possibility of an unfinished manuscript by a long-forgotten author that they travel to Marayoor, a town in the centre of Kerala, to meet the unknown Susanna?
The numerous references to books, authors, incidents in their lives, and their reflections on life and literature, –not only in Malayalam, but also in English, Russian, Persian, and European –are seamlessly woven into the narrative, creating a complex reading experience.
It is presently available for pre-order on e-commerce platforms and will be released in India on July 31.