Last week, Easterine Kire Iralu's novel A Terrible Matriarchy was published in German under the title Tage des Zorns (Days of Rage). The publication is a result of the cooperation between Litprom, Shahrazad 's partner in Frankfurt, and the publishing house Brandes und Apsel.
A Terrible Matriarchy/Tage des Zorns is a story about a little girl growing up in Nagaland, India. Lieno, who is five, is sent off to be raised by her grandmother. From the very beginning, she can sense that her grandmother does not like her, and that her brother Bulie is treated better than her. The old woman doesn't think girls need an education, love, or time to play. The story is a tale of a girl growing up in a strict, traditional society, in a conflict-ridden area, but who refuses to be defeated.
Following the launch of the book, Iralu travelled to several schools and universities to do readings, and to take part in translation workshops. She also participated in an evening event in Litprom's International Reading Fest.
The book can be purchased here .
This is the second Iralu book to be published in less than six months. Go here to read more about the collection of Naga Folktales that was launched in December 2009.