R. K. Narayan

R. K. Narayan
R. K. Narayan, full name Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami, was an Indian writer, best known for his works set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English, and is credited with bringing the genre to the rest of the world. Narayan broke through with the help of his mentor and friend, Graham Greene, who was instrumental in getting publishers for Narayan’s first four books, including the semi-autobiographical trilogy of Swami and Friends, The Bachelor of Arts and The English Teacher. Narayan’s works also include The Financial Expert, hailed as one of the most original works of 1951, and Sahitya Akademi Award winner The Guide, which was adapted for film and for Broadway. The setting for most of Narayan's stories is the fictional town of Malgudi, first introduced in Swami and Friends. His narratives highlight social context and provide a feel for his characters through everyday life. He has been compared to William Faulkner, who also created a fictional town that stood for reality, brought out the humour and energy of ordinary life, and displayed compassionate humanism in his writing. Read more...
 
 

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    Malgudi days
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    Swami and Friends
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    The Guide
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    The English Teacher
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    The Bachelor of Arts
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    The Man-Eater of Malgudi
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    The Vendor of Sweets
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    Under the Banyan Tree and Other Stories
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    A Horse and Two Goats and Other Stories
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    A Tiger for Malgudi
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    Waiting for the Mahatma
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    The Financial Expert
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    The Painter of Signs
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    Talkative Man
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    The World of Nagaraj
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    The Dark Room
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    Gods, demons, and others
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    My Days
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    The World of Malgudi
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    Next Sunday
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    Swami
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    The Ramayana
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    Mahabharata
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    My dateless diary
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    The Emerald Route
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    Reluctant Guru
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    Grandmother's Tale
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    A Writer's Nightmare
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    The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories
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    The Abduction of Sita
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    Mr. Sampath – The Printer of Malgudi
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    Indian Epics Retold
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    Przewodnik
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    Khrai lœ̄i khao čha rū
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    Writerly Life
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    Tigr dli︠a︡ Malʹgudi
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    Esperando Al Mahatma
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    Salt & sawdust
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    El Profesor de Ingles
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    Grateful to life & death
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    Swami y Sus Amigos
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    A town called Malgudi
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    O odigos
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    A story-teller's world
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    An Astrologer's Day and Other Stories
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    Memories of Malgudi
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    Lawley Road and other stories
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    El Licenciado
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    The magic of Malgudi
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    An Astrologer's Day
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