Paper Type: Book Print Paper | Size: 216mm x 140mm; 488pp
Black and white
ISBN-13: 978-93-91125-02-8


Set in early 20th-century rural Karnataka, Scion is a work of great sociocultural importance, chronicling the intersecting lives of a handful of highly intelligent, sensitive, and emotive characters—all torn apart, brought together, and then torn apart again under extraordinary circumstances.

A complex and stunningly woven tale of diverse human characters, their innermost desires, struggles, grief, and joys, the novel explores the concept of polygamy, re-marriage (in a time when it was a social taboo), death, grief, devotion, celibacy, reverse narratives of motherhood, Oedipus complex, self-sacrifice or lack thereof, betrayal, forgiveness, and transcendence and resurrection.

The novel, while creating knotty human characters, explores larger philosophical and existential questions about being human, right and wrong, and community versus individual freedoms and choices. Scion is a major literary feat, and Bhyrappa is a master raconteur, displaying all his talents at their best.

S. L. Bhyrappa
S. L. Bhyrappa

S L Bhyrappa is a Kannada novelist, whose works are immensely popular both within and beyond Karnataka. Widely regarded as one of India’s foremost writers, his novels are unique in terms of theme, structure, and characterisation. Recipient of ‘Saraswathi Samman’ for Mandra, Bhyrappa has the honour of receiving many other awards as well.  His novels are translated into almost all Indian languages including Sanskrit and English.

R.  Ranganath Prasad
R. Ranganath Prasad

R. Ranganath Prasad worked for a public sector bank. He resigned voluntarily halfway through, and took interest in translation (English, Kannada, and Hindi). Eventually, he sought out true scholars – Dr S.L. Bhyrappa and Dr R. Ganesh – to benefit from their knowledge and wisdom. He participates in literary study circles, wherein classical Sanskrit and Kannada literature is studied under the guidance of Dr R. Ganesh. Initiated to metrical versification, he has penned about a thousand verses and participates in the performing literary art called Avadhanam.