List of Malayalam Novels
Aalahayude Penmakkal (English: Daughters of God the father) is a Malayalam novel written by Sarah Joseph and published in 1999. The novel is the first in the trilogy which includes ‘Mattathi’ and ‘Othappu’. This novel gave widespread recognition to Sarah Joseph and her craft.
’Aalahayude Penmakkal’ won the Kerala Sahitya Academy award of 2001, Kendra Sahitya Academy award of 2003 and Vayalar Ramavarma award of 2004
Asuravithu (English: The Demon Seed) is a Malayalam novel written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. Set in Kizhakkemuri, a fictional picturesque village in Kerala, the novel describes the plight of the protagonist Govindankutty, the youngest son of a proud Nair tharavadu, as he is trapped between the social scenario, social injustice and his own inner consciousness
Balyakalasakhi (Malayalam: ബാല്യകാലസഖി, meaning childhood companion), is a Malayalam romantic tragedy novel written by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. Published in 1944, it is considered by many as Basheer’s best work. The story revolves around Majeed and Suhra, who are in love with each other from childhood. By Basheer’s own admission, the story is largely autobiographical
Chemmeen (Prawns) is a Malayalam novel written by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai in 1956. Chemmeen tells the story of the relationship between.Karuthamma, the daughter of a Hindu fisherman, and Pareekutti, the son of a Muslim fish wholesaler.
Delhi Gadhakal (Tales from Delhi) is a Malayalam language novel by M. Mukundan. It was first published as a book by D. C. Books in November 2011. The novel portrays the various events that greatly influenced the author’s life during the 40 years spent in New Delhi, since 1962
Francis Itty Cora (the most accepted English rendering of the Malayalam title ഫ്രാൻസിസ് ഇട്ടിക്കോര) is a bestselling mystery novel in Malayalam by author T. D. Ramakrishnan.
Goat Days (Malayalam: Aadu Jeevitham) is a 2008 novel by Malayalam author Benyamin (born Benny Daniel) based on real-life events. The bestselling book won Kerala Literary Academy Award for Benny Daniel in 2009.
Indulekha is a Malayalam novel about a beautiful, well educated lady of a Nair tharavadu by Chandu Menon.The novel was written at a time when there was an emerging class of upper caste men (mostly Nairs) who received a Western style education.
Kaalam is a novel by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, for which he was awarded the Sahitya Academy Award in 1970. The book takes the reader along with ‘Sethu Madhavan’, the protagonist, through a journey across time (Kaalam)
Khasakkinte Itihasam is a path-breaking Malayalam novel written by the Indian writer O. V. Vijayan. First published in 1969 and generally referred to Khasak in literary circles, the novel has run into fifty reprints in the last forty years, making it the most popular and largest selling novel in South Asia.
Kundalatha (or Kundalata, Malayalam: കുന്ദലത) is a novel by Appu Nedungadi, published in 1887. It is considered to be the first Malayalam novel.
Marthandavarma ( Malayalam: മാർത്താണ്ഡവർമ്മ) is a novel by C.V. Raman Pillai published in 1891. It is presented as a historical romance recounting the history of Venad (Travancore) during the final period of Rajah Rama Varma’s reign and subsequently to the accession of Marthanda Varma.
Mathilukal (Malayalam: മതിലുകൾ, meaning Walls) is a Malayalam novel written by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer in 1965. It is one of the most cherished and well-known love stories in Malayalam. Its hero, Basheer himself, and heroine, Narayani, never meet, yet they love each other passionately.
Mayyazhippuzhayude Theerangalil (On the Banks of the River Mayyazhi) is a Malayalam language novel by M. Mukundan. Widely regarded as the author’s magnum opus, the novel vividly describes the political and social background of Mahe (Mayyazhi), the former French colony, in the past, in a mystical way.
Odayil Ninnu (From the Gutter) is a Malayalam novel written by P. Kesavadev in 1942. The protagonist of the novel is a rickshaw-puller named Pappu. The novel is one of the best known works of Kesavadev.
Oru Desathinte Katha (English: The Story of a Locale) is a Malayalam novel written by S. K. Pottekkatt in 1971. It sketches the men and women of Athiranippadam, drawing the history of the country while detailing the micro-history of a place.
Oru Sankeerthanam Pole (Malayalam: ഒരു സങ്കീർത്തനം പോലെ) is a widely acclaimed novel written by Perumbadavam Sreedharan, first published in September, 1993. Set in the city of Saint Petersburg, it deals with the life of the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky and his love affair with Anna who would later become his wife
Oru Theruvinte Katha (English: The Story of a Street) is a Malayalam novel written by S. K. Pottekkatt and published in 1960. It sketches a host of characters who spend their lives making a living in ‘The Street’.
Othappu (English: Scandal or Temptation) is a Malayalam novel written by Sarah Joseph and published in 2005. The novel is the last in the trilogy which includes ‘Alaahayude Penmakkal’ and ‘Mattathi’. While ‘Mattathi’ is a kind of sequel to ‘Alaahayude Penmakkal’ ‘Othappu’ follows the pattern by having a central female character and protagonist.
Pathummayude Aadu (Pathumma’s Goat; 1959) is a humorous novel by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer. The characters of the novel are members of his family and the action takes place at his home in Thalayolaparambu. The goat in the story belongs to his sister Paaththumma.
Peruvazhiyambalam is a Malayalam novel written by Padmarajan.In 1978, it was adapted for a feature film also called Peruvazhiyambalam directed by Padmarajan. This novel is about teenager Raman who kills Prabhakaran Pillai, a local thug in self defense.
Ponni is a Malayalam novel written by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan in 1967. It is based on the lifestyle of Adivasis of Attappady at Malleswaram Hills.The novel portrays the life of the Adivasis of Attappadi, a region in Malabar, to the south of the Nilgiris and to the east of Kerala.
Pappu. The novel is one of the best known works of Kesavadev. Dev was in the forefront among the writers who employed new norms in the content and characterization in Malayalam fiction.
Premalekhanam (The Love Letter) is Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’s first work (1943) to be published as a book. The novel is a humorous story of love. Through the hilarious dialogs, Basheer attacks religious Conservatism and the dowry system.
Randamoozham (English: The Second Turn, Malayalam: രണ്ടാമൂഴം) is a 1984 Malayalam novel by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. It is widely credited as his masterpiece.It was translated into English as Second Turn in 1997.
Randidangazhi (English: Two Measures, Malayalam: രണ്ടിടങ്ങഴി) is a Malayalam novel written by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai in 1948. The novel tells the story of the cruelty meted out by feudal landlords to impoverished farm labourers. It is widely regarded as one of the best political novels in the history of Malayalam literature.
Shabdangal (1947) [Voices] is a novel by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer which talks about war, orphanhood, hunger, disease and prostitution. The whole length of the novel is a dialogue between a soldier and a writer. The soldier approaches the writer and tells him the story of his life.
Ummachu (Beloved) is a Malayalam novel written by Uroob in 1954. Ummachu along with Sundarikalum Sundaranmarum are considered the best works by Uroob and are ranked among the finest novels in Malayalam. In Ummachu, Uroob explores the ramifications of human relationships in a village
Verukal (English: Roots) is a Malayalam semi-autobiographical novel written by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan in 1966. It is widely credited as one of his best works.It won the Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award in 1967.
Yakshi is a Malayalam novel written by Malayattoor Ramakrishnan in 1967. This is about a college lecturer Srinivasan who is disfigured in an accident in his college lab. He meets a beautiful woman who is willing to accept him in spite of his sinister appearance.
Yanthram (English: The Machine) is a Malayalam novel written by Malayatoor Ramakrishnan. The novel is centered around the theme of civil service (Indian Administrative Service) in Kerala. It portrays the pressure exerted on popular governments by big business and the confrontation between the bureaucratic machinery and the political forces.