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R. K. Narayan (1906 - 2001)
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Narayan, R. K. (Rasipuram Krishnaswami Narayan), 1906?2001, Indian novelist, b. Madras. Narayan, who wrote in English, published his first novel, Swami and Friends, in 1935. He wrote hundreds of short stories for the Madras newspaper Hindu, but he first came to international attention when his works were hailed in England by Graham Greene. His humorous novel The Financial Expert (1952) was the first of his works published in the United States. Many of his 34 novels provide exquisitely crafted, witty, vital, and perceptive descriptions of everyday village life in 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