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Narayan, R. K.

(Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayan) (nərī`yän), 1906–2001, Indian novelist, b. Madras (now Chennai). Narayan, who wrote in English, published his first novel, Swami and Friends, in 1935. While he wrote hundreds of short stories for the Madras newspaper Hindu, he first came to international attention when his works were hailed in England by Graham GreeneGreene, Graham
(Henry Graham Greene), 1904–91, English novelist and playwright. Although most of his works combine elements of the detective story, the spy thriller, and the psychological drama, his novels are essentially parables of the damned.
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. His humorous novel The Financial Expert (1952) was the first of his works published in the United States. Frequently set in the fictional town of Malgudi, many of Narayan's 14 novels and numerous stories provide exquisitely crafted, witty, vital, and perceptive descriptions of everyday village life in S India. His fiction often deals with the protagonist's search for identity. Narayan's major works, usually centering around a modest hero and containing portraits of a variety of eccentrics, include The English Teacher, also known as Grateful to Life and Death (1945), The Printer of Malgudi (1949), The Guide (1958), The Man-Eater of Malgudi (1961), The Vendor of Sweets (1967), The Painter of Signs (1976), and A Tiger for Malgudi (1983). Among his short-story collections are Malgudi Days (1982) and The Grandmother's Tale and Selected Stories (1994).


See his My Days: A Memoir (1974) and Talkative Man (1987); biography by S. Ram and N. Ram (1996); studies by W. Walsh (1982), C. Vanden Driesen (1986), J. K. Biswal (1987), P. S. Sundaram (1988), G. Kain, ed. (1993), N. N. Sharan (1993), A. Hariprasanna (1994), A. L. McLeod, ed. (1994), M. Pousse (1995), M. Rahman (1998), P. K. Singh (1999), C. N. Srinath, ed. (2000), and K. Parija (2001).

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There are Indian English writers like R.K. Narayan with The Mahabharata (1978) and Shashi Tharoor with The Great Indian Novel (1989) who opt to maintain the imposing tone of the masculine voice of the epic text and its patriarchal context, although their retellings distinctly differ from each other.
Benson and works of R.K. Narayan, although much of his reading these days is non-fiction.
Sharma compared visuals and introspection rather than thought in Egyptian Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz's novels to the writings of India's R.K. Narayan. Both writers drive their style from 19th century literature, whereas Indian-American literature is tied to the 20th and mid-20th century literature, much like Alaa al-Aswany's "The Yacoubian Building" in Egypt, Sharma said during the interview inside the U.S.
At some point, perhaps as the mental fog lifts from an overly ambitious Sunday lunch, comes what R.K. Narayan called "the Sunday-evening feeling already tainted by thoughts of Monday."
R.K. Narayan (1906-2001), a prolific novelist and essayist was, together with Raja Rao (1908-2006) and Mulk Raj Anand (1905-2004), one of the writers who mostly contributed to the development of Indian writing in English.
A brother of illustrious novelist R.K. Narayan, for whom he also did sketches for his fictional Malgudi stories, Laxman has been an inspiration to all Indian cartoonists.
Laxman, brother of late novelist R.K. Narayan, is survived by writer wife Kamala, retired journalist son Srinivas and daughter-in-law Usha.
While R.K. Narayan chose fiction as medium, M.F Hussain chose modern art.
R.K. Narayan, an Indian author writing in English in the 1930s through the 1990s, is best know for his creation of the fictional Indian town of Malgudi, the setting for all 14 of his novels.
Nor is it the genteel socially frozen rural poverty immortalized in R.K. Narayan's Malgudi Days, one of several books cited in the bibliography, which is more a list of background readings for the budding Indophile than it is a set of references in the book.
The Indian novel in English has shown a capacity to accommodate a wide range of concerns: in Mulk Raj Anand a humane concern for the underdog, not just a preoccupation with economic determinism; in R.K. Narayan the comic mode as equivalent to the tragic in his evocation of mediocrity: and K.
R.K. Narayan, who blends pathos and comedy with inimitable sweetness in his fiction.