O V Vijayan, Oottupurakkal Velukkuty Vijayan, the departed legendary writer who transcended the language of Malayalam into the elite planes of world classics is recalled on his 90th birth anniversary on July 2. Vijayan’s vehement outpour of the language with a magical beauty was seen in all his novels. The legend delivers the majesty of magical realism in ‘Khasakinde Ithihasam’ which divided the Malayalam literature into two phases, before and after Khasakh. The novel depicts the life of “Thasrakh’, a rural village in Palakkad district and comparable to Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s ‘Markando’, the Columbian village pictured in his novels. The truth of literature conveyed in the beautiful language in Vijayan’s novels conveyed an undercurrent philosophy of ‘janmas’ and rebirth.
Vijayan, a leftist, an excellent cartoonist in reputed national English daily would be flayed for the Indian philosophy which is an undercurrent in his novels. No other literary works have undergone interpretations as that of Vijayan’s ‘Khasakh’. The criticisms, both positive and derogative were invited by the novel ever since it been published.
His novels, ’Gurusagram’ which won Kendra Sahithya Academy Award, Maduramgayathi’, ‘Thalamurakal’ are all conveyed unique dimensions of the beauty of Malayalam language. The legendary writer has always been marked for an insight and a sixth sense in writing departed from the world in 2005 March 30.