വാക്കുകളുടെ അപാരമായ ദൃശ്യസാധ്യതകളെ മലയാളിയിലേക്ക് വിന്യസിപ്പിച്ച കഥകള്. വാക്കുകളില് നിന്ന് പ്രാണന്റെ നീറിപ്പിടച്ചിലും വൈശാഖപൗര്ണ്ണമിയും കടഞ്ഞെടുക്കുന്ന എഴുത്ത്. വര്ത്തമാനകാലത്തോട് മുഖാമുഖം രാഷ്ട്രീയം പറയുന്ന മിത്തുകള്. സംഗീതാത്മകമായ ഭാഷ.
ഹിഗ്വിറ്റ, വന്മരങ്ങള് വീഴുമ്പോള്, കാര്മെല്, എന്റെ മകള്-ഒരു സ്ത്രീ, നാലാം ലോകം, കാണി, വിലാപങ്ങള് തുടങ്ങി അനശ്വരമായ ഏഴു കഥകള്.
Madhavan was born in the port city of Kochi . where he attended the Sree Rama Varma High School. After graduating in economics from Maharajas College, Ernakulam he moved to Thiruvananthapuram to study for his masters at the Department of Economics, University of Kerala. During this period he began writing, and in 1970 won the top prize for his first published short story 'Sisu', in a contest organized by the Malayalam literary magazine Mathrubhumi. In 1975, Madhavan joined the Indian Administrative Service
n the 1980s, Madhavan went through a decade-long period of writer's block, until the release of his story 'Higuita' in 1990. In this work, Madhavan models his protagonist, priest Father Geevarghese, on Higuita, the 1990 FIFA World Cup goalkeeper for Columbia. Higuita's unconventional playing style whereby he would often abandon his goal and try to score goals, occupies the priest's imagination. Likewise, he temporarily abandons his cassock and saves a tribal girl Lucie from the clutches of the trafficker Jabbar. The short story was adjudged the best in hundred years of Malayalam literature. Since then he has published four collections of stories, a novel and one collection of plays. Madhavan's works of short fiction are:
* Chulaimedile Savangal (Corpses of Chulaimed) * Higuita * Thiruth (Blue Pencil) * Paryaya Kathakal (Stories about Names) * Nilavili (The Cry)
Madhavan's contribution to the short story genre, which is dying in most parts of the world, is reckoned by critics to be unique and noteworthy. As a short-fiction writer, his art gives importance to minute details and exemplifies the manifest skill and compact craft that writing short fiction demands. In Madhavan's works the subtle connections of criss-crossing dialogs and interlacing plots ultimately reveal an integrated narrative continuum.