In "The Tale of the Talking Face", eminent Indian artist K.G. Subramanyan offers a stinging parable of democracy gone wrong by narrating and illustrating the story of a princess whose autocratic rule brought nothing but suffering to her people, despite her ambition of progress for her country. A thinly veiled satire on the political drama of 1970s India, "The Tale of the Talking Face" is a universal record of the ever-deepening crisis of democracy and the threat of totalitarianism.
K. G. Subramanyan, one of India's most respected artists, has worked with diverse media and materials, exhibiting extensively both within and outside the country. He has been part of the arts faculty at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, and is professor emeritus at the Kala Bhavan Center at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan. His other books include The Magic of Making: Essays on Art and Culture and The Living Tradition: Perspectives on Modern Indian Art, both also published by Seagull Books.