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Blood and Laughter

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Blood and Laughter

Full Title: Blood and Laughter: Plays (The Collected Plays, Volume 1)

Author: Manjula Padmanabhan
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

A neighbourhood that turns a blind eye to a recurring gruesome crime. A game show that puts the lives of its contestants on the line. An insidious tableau that pits three artists against each other. A world where organs of the poor are commercially harvested for the rich.

Collected Plays brings together, in a much-anticipated series, the dramatic works of Onassis Prize-winning playwright and author Manjula Padmanabhan.

Blood and Laughter, the first volume, presents within its covers Padmanabhan's full-length plays - including the three-times cinematized Lights Out, the previously unpublished Mating Game Show and Artist's Model, and the award-winning Harvest - all known for their masterful portrayal of the dilemmas of morality, relationships and the idea of justice. Horror, anticipation and chilling realism mark each of these works, drawing readers and audiences alike to the edge of their seats.

With new introductions to the works that affirm the relevance of the themes of the plays, this collection showcases the playwright's mastery of her art and reconfirms her standing among the leading dramatists of our time.


About the Author: 

Manjula Padmanabhan is a writer, artist and playwright. She grew up in Europe and Southeast Asia, and returned to India as a teenager in the late 1960s. The popular comic strip character Suki, created by Manjula, first appeared in print during the 1980s and was recently revived in The Hindu BusinessLine, the Chennai-based financial newspaper. In 1997, her play Harvest won first place in the Onassis Prize for Theatre in Greece. She is the author of several critically acclaimed books, including Kleptomania, Three Virgins and Other Stories, Escape, The Island of Lost Girls and Hot Death, Cold Soup. She has also written and illustrated a number of books for children, among them Mouse Attack and Mouse Invaders, and a series of picture puzzle books.


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