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Laughter and Blood

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

Laughter and Blood

Full Title: Laughter and Blood: Performance Pieces ( The Collected Plays, Volume 2)

Author: Manjula Padmanabhan
Publisher: Hachette India

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

Conjoined triplets on a blind date. A lesson in human reproduction by a manic-prudish teacher. A heart-stopping game of cards. An instrument that tunes in to the music of our bodies' organs.

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

Laughter and Blood, the second volume, presents within its covers Padmanabhan's short performance pieces. From The Sextet and Ladies' Night to Hidden Fires and Blind Date, these wildly inventive, subversive and often chilling plays introduce readers to the intrigues of inverted power structures, tantalizingly suggestive interactions and powerful voices from the fringe.

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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