Editing an anthology has always been a risky proposition. One can hardly predict from which perspective the readers will look at, educationists receive and the critics evaluate it: of academic value, the representation of genres, movements and authors or the overall approach reflected in the introduction and the contents. The task becomes even riskier when it is as ambitious as the anthology under review that aspires to represent a whole century—in this case the twentieth—of the rich, vibrant and varied literature of a language like Malayalam, which can be compared in its range and scope to any literature in the world today. Considering the enormity of the mission and the limitation of space, one can confidently say that the editors have been able to meet the challenge to prepare what could well be an excellent introduction to Malayalam literature of the 20th century to the uninitiated common reader as well as the curious student and the interested academic. In the process they have mostly reasserted the existing canon while also upsetting, or revising it, by including materials hitherto kept out of the canon.
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