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R. K. Narayan (October 10, 1906 – May 13, 2001), shortened from Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami (Tamil: ) was an Indian author whose works of fiction include a series of books about people and their interactions in an imagined town in India. He is one of three leading figures of early Indian literature in English, along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao. He is credited with bringing Indian literature in English to the rest of the world, and is regarded as one of India's greatest English language novelists.

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 films in Hindi and English languages, 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. Narayan's short story writing style has been compared to that of Guy de Maupassant, as they both have an ability to compress the narrative without losing out on elements of the story. Narayan has also come in for criticism for being too simple in his prose and diction.

In a writing career that spanned over sixty years, Narayan received many awards and honours. These include the AC Benson Medal from the Royal Society of Literature and the Padma Vibhushan, India's second-highest civilian award. He was also nominated to the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament.

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Total Books: 153
The Mahabharata A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
The Man-eater of Malgudi
2010 - The Man-eater of Malgudi (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788122204933
ISBN-10: 8122204937
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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A Tiger for Malgudi and The Man-Eater of Malgudi
2009 - A Tiger for Malgudi and the Man-eater of Malgudi (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780143105800
ISBN-10: 0143105809
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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2008 - The Ramayana a Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic [Suggested by the Tamil Version of Kamban] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
The Guide
2007 - The Guide (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788185986074
ISBN-10: 818598607X
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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The Vendor of Sweets
2007 - The Vendor of Sweets (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788185986098
ISBN-10: 8185986096
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Talkative Man
2007 - Talkative Man (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788185986128
ISBN-10: 8185986126
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Mahabharata
2007 - Mahabharata [Kairos Literatura] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788472455399
ISBN-10: 8472455394
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Nonfiction
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The Mahabharata
2007 - The Mahabharata (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9788170944935
ISBN-10: 8170944937
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality
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The Abduction of Sita
2006 - The Abduction of Sita [Penguin Epics] (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780141026848
ISBN-10: 0141026847
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Nonfiction
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The Guide A Novel
2006 - The Guide a Novel [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143039648
ISBN-10: 0143039644
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Malgudi Days
2006 - Malgudi Days [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143039655
ISBN-10: 0143039652
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 0.5/5 Stars.
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The Painter of Signs
2006 - The Painter of Signs [Penguin Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780143039662
ISBN-10: 0143039660
Genre: Literature & Fiction
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Ramayana A Shortened Prose Version of the Indian Epic
2006 - Ramayana a Shortened Prose Version of the Indian Epic [Classics] (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781417793464
ISBN-10: 1417793465
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Swami and Friends The Bachelor of Arts The Dark Room The English Teacher
2006 - Swami and Friends the Bachelor of Arts the Dark Room the English Teacher [Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781400044764
ISBN-10: 1400044766
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Mr Sampath--The Printer of Malgudi The Financial Expert Waiting for the Mahatma
2006 - Mr Sampath--the Printer of Malgudi the Financial Expert Waiting for the Mahatma [Everyman's Library] (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781400044771
ISBN-10: 1400044774
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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R K Narayan Omnibus v 2
2006 - R K Narayan Omnibus V 2 (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781857152944
ISBN-10: 1857152948
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Reifeprfung
2004 - Reifeprfung (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783458171836
ISBN-10: 3458171835
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Malgudi Landscapes The Best of R K Narayan
2003 - Malgudi Landscapes the Best of R K Narayan (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140586671
ISBN-10: 0140586679
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Un tigre pour Malgudi
2003 - Un Tigre Pour Malgudi (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782020539616
ISBN-10: 2020539616
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Magic of Malgudi
2002 - Magic of Malgudi (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140298857
ISBN-10: 0140298851
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Memories of Malgudi The Dark Room The English Teacher Waiting for the Mahatma The Guide and The World of Nagaraja
1999 - The Financial Expert [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1994 - A Tiger for Malgudi [Twentieth-Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1994 - Swami and Friends [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1994 - The Bachelor of Arts [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1994 - The Dark Room [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1994 - Mr Sampath--the Printer of Malgudi [Phoenix Fiction Series] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
1992 - The Guide a Novel [Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
El Guia [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Profesor De Ingles [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
El Licenciado [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Swami Y Sus Amigos [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
Esperando Al Mahatma [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)