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Celebrating a milestone

It is celebration time for Malayalam novel and the writer Perumpadavam Sreedharan. His masterpiece, Oru Sankeerthanam Pole, has been creating a record in Malayalam literature. This widely read work has found a place in publishing history, with over a lakh copies sold and the 27th edition being brought out.

The novel is about the trauma and compulsions that the Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky had gone through while giving life to his novel The Gambler.

Dostoevsky "suffered from an acute gambling compulsion as well as its consequences." It has also been said that The Gambler was written to fulfil an agreement with a publisher, who threatened to claim the copyrights to all Dostoevsky's writings if the novel is not submitted on time.

"Though Khasakinte Ithihasam, a novel by O.V. Vijayan, and Ramanan, the poem by Changampuzha Krishna Pillai, have sold over one lakh copies, Oru Sankeertanam Pole could cross that mark in just 12 years, which is a record," says Asramam Bhasi, publisher of the novel. The emotional bondage with the novel and novelist also prompted Mr. Bhasi to christen his publishing house and bookstall Sankeertanam Books.

"We are organising a celebration to make the sale of one-lakh copies of the novel in six districts of the State, and the 27th edition of the novel will be released in Kochi," Mr. Bhasi says.

C. Radhakrishnan will release the new edition at a function at G. Auditorium at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

K.S. Sudhi

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