The Catcher in the Rye is a classic novel written by J. D. Salinger in 1951. The novel was originally published for adults; it has since become popular with adolescent readers for its themes of teenage angst and alienation.
It has been translated into almost all of the world’s major languages. Around 1 million copies are sold each year with total sales of more than 65 million books. The novel’s protagonist Holden Caulfield has become an icon for teenage rebellion. The novel also deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.
The novel was included on Time’s 2005 list of the 100 best English-language novels written since 1923 and it was named by Modern Library and its readers as one of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century. In 2003, it was listed at #15 on the BBC’s survey The Big Read.
This is translated to Malayalam by Sara Ravindranath. DC Books published it under the title ‘Ilakkangalude Kavalaal’.