Maranathinte Nizhalil is a work of fiction by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer, the popular Malayalam fiction writer from Kerala, India. The down-to-earth narrative style that Basheer follows in most of his works has made him popular among readers as well as literary critics. A number of his works have been translated into different languages and this has helped him win international fame. He is regarded as one of the most distinguished and successful writers of India. In 1982, Basheer was awarded the Padma Shri, and in 1987, he was given made a honourary Doctor of Letters by the University of Calicut. Basheer is fondly called Beypore Sultan by his fans and followers, after the place where he lived during the later years of his life. Shabdangal, Balyakalasakhi, Mathilukal, Pathummayude Aadu, Anargha Nimisham and Janmadinam are some of his most notable works. Maranathinte Nizhalil is a dark novel deals with oppressive and powerful themes. The 9th edition of Maranathinte Nizhalil was published by D C Books, on 28th October, 2009.
Basheer is well known for his unconventional style. Instead of following traditional grammatical norms, he chose to focus on a natural flow of writing. He was an insightful observer of human nature and had an amazing skill of combining pathos and humour in his works, encompassing all the colours of life. Basheer was associated with India's independence movement and he also experienced the political upheavals of the Muslim community of Kerala, and these influenced his narrative style a lot. However, Maranathinte Nizhalil has not been written in his usual writing style, which usually involves lots of sarcasm and humour. The title of the novel means Shadow of Death and it focuses on the difficult experiences that the protagonist of the novel has to undergo. In this novel, Basheer's writing style is similar to the 'stream of consciousness' method, and it makes the readers follow the thought process of the hero, in an unique way.
Basheer's Maranathinte Nizhalil is one of the most notable books in Malayalam, largely because the style in which the novel has been written. The ISBN 10 for this 9th edition of the book is 8171304915, while the ISBN 13 is 9788171304912.