Jithendran dies rather abruptly, after years of working for a toy company that makes drum-playing monkeys. He left behind some notes on a novel which he had dreamt of writing in his youth. Ann Marie, his wife begins to read the fragments of his unfinished book along with many love letters he had sent her, with that the sweeping saga of a village called Thachanakkara unfolds.
The story is set against the changing socio-cultural fabric of Kerala, the three generations of a feudal Nair family and the people that surrounds it is chronicled.
‘A Preface to Man’ remains a grand tribute to Kerala. English translation of the bestselling and award winning Malayalam novel, ‘Manushyanu Oru Aamukham’ was done by Fatima Mayan.The title will be released on 10th June 2016.It is published by Harper Perennial.
The Malayalam title, ‘Manushyanu Oru Aamukham‘ published by DC Books had won almost all prestigious awards for literature like Kendra Sahitya Award, Kerala Sahitya Award, Vayalar Award, and Odakuzhal Award.