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The Lost Land of Lemuria: Fabulous Geographies, Catastrophic Histories Paperback – 1 Mar 2005

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; New Ed edition (1 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520244400
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520244405
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,528,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Ramaswamy's important book is sure to ignite fresh interest in the place of lost lands in the modern imaginary. Her fascinating account of the least known of these--Lemuria--breathes new life into the centrality of 'Labors of loss' in nationalist historiography."

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"This path-breaking book makes novel and riveting connections between scientists and occultists in the West and Tamil nationalists in India. Ramaswamy's history of the fabulous and lost continent of Lemuria is a brilliant demonstration of how imagination travels."Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of "Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference"
"Sumathi Ramaswamy's important book is sure to ignite fresh interest in the place of lost lands in the modern imaginary. Her fascinating account of the least known of theseLemuriabreathes new life into the centrality of 'labors of loss' in nationalist historiography. In refusing to dismiss such narratives as eccentric and inconsequential, Ramaswamy compels scholars to look anew at the fabulous and occult in order to understand the shaping of scientific and colonial modernity. Impeccably researched and elegantly written, this is altogether a marvelous read."Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, author of "Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief""

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Perhaps Lemuria or "Kumarikanttam" is an idea or yearning of the Tamils for a land that was their's before any foot was set upon it by they who are driven to change the ways of the native people and in that mechanical process destroy the essence of a land of refined culture, devotion and beauty that once was..
Ramaswamy writes in his own distinctive narrative the confusion or feeling of loss that is present amongst those who understand and have a resentment of the colonial mechanism. Lemuria is as much a lost land as it is a lost way of life?
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