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MEENA KANDASAMY | மீனா கந்தசாமி

"The poet, novelist, activist & academic Meena Kandasamy is a one-woman, agitprop literary-political movement." 
James Kidd, Independent

"One of fiction's most fiery and unclassifiable polemicists"
Claire Armitstead, The Guardian

"Only in her mid-30s, Meena Kandasamy is building a spiky, angular, fiercely singular corpus."
Shougat Dasgupta, India Today



  • The Gypsy Goddess, Atlantic Books (London) / HarperCollins (New Delhi), April 2014.

  • When I Hit You: Or, A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife, Atlantic Books (London), Juggernaut (New Delhi), April 2017. Europa Editions (USA, 2020)

  • Exquisite CadaversAtlantic Books (London)/ Context (Westland, New Delhi), Nov 2019.


  • Touch, Peacock Books (Mumbai) 2006: out of print.

  • Ms Militancy, Navayana (New Delhi) 2010.

  • #ThisPoemWillProvokeYou & Other Poems, chapbook, HarperCollins India, 2015.

  • Tomorrow Someone Will Arrest You, Atlantic Books (London) 2023; Juggernaut (New Delhi), Feb 2024.



  • (with M.Nisar): Ayyankali: A Dalit Leader of Organic Protest, Other Books (Calicut), 2007.

  • The Orders Were To Rape You: Tigresses in the Tamil Eelam Struggle, Navayana (New Delhi), 2021.


  • Talisman: Extreme Emotions of Dalit LiberationThol. Thirumaavalavan, Samya (Kolkata) 2003.

  • Uproot Hindutva: The Fiery Voice of the Liberation PanthersThol. Thirumaavalavan, Samya (Kolkata), 2004.

  • Why Were Women Enslaved, Thanthai Periyar E.V.Ramasamy, The Periyar Self-Respect Propaganda Institution (Chennai), 2007.

  • Waking is Another Dream: Poems on the Genocide in Tamil Eelam, D.Ravikumar (editor), Ravishanker (co-translator) Navayana (New Delhi), 2010. 

  • (editor/translator): Desires Become Demons: Poems of Four Tamil Woman Poets: Malathi Maithri, Salma, Kutti Revathi, Sukirtharani, Tilted Axis Press (Sheffield), 2018.

  • Women Dreaming (novel), Salma, Tilted Axis Press (UK)/ Penguin Random House (India), October 2020.

  • The Book of Desire, Tirukkural: Verses of the Kamattu-p-pal, Galley Beggar Press (UK), PRH/Hamish Hamilton India, January 2023.

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