R.K. Narayan

R.K. Narayan


Born
in Chennai, India
October 10, 1906

Died
May 13, 2001

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R. K. Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists who wrote in English.

R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based there. In 1958 Narayan's work The Guide won him the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, his country's highest literary honor.

In addition to his novels, Narayan has authored five collections of short stories, including A Horse and Two Goats, Malguidi Days, and Under the Banyan Tree, two travel books, two volumes of essays, a volume of memoi
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Malgudi Days

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4.20 avg rating — 13,535 ratings — published 1943 — 24 editions
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Swami and Friends

4.21 avg rating — 9,256 ratings — published 1935 — 23 editions
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The Guide

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3.90 avg rating — 7,243 ratings — published 1958 — 42 editions
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The Ramayana: A Shortened M...

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3.90 avg rating — 3,527 ratings — published 1973 — 9 editions
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The English Teacher

3.78 avg rating — 3,073 ratings — published 1980 — 17 editions
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The Man-Eater of Malgudi

3.82 avg rating — 2,723 ratings — published 1961 — 16 editions
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The Bachelor of Arts

3.80 avg rating — 2,341 ratings — published 1937 — 23 editions
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The Vendor of Sweets

3.79 avg rating — 1,952 ratings — published 1967 — 10 editions
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The Painter of Signs

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3.68 avg rating — 1,831 ratings — published 1976 — 23 editions
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A Tiger for Malgudi

3.88 avg rating — 1,368 ratings — published 1983 — 13 editions
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“life is about making right things and going on..”
R.K. Narayan, Malgudi Days

“You become [a] writer by writing. It is a yoga.”
R.K. Narayan

“Friendship was another illusion like love, though it did not reach the same mad heights. People pretended that they were friends, when the fact was they were brought together by force of circumstances.”
R.K. Narayan, The Bachelor of Arts

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