Perumal Murugan is one of India’s most reputed contemporary writers. He has published ten novels, five collections of short stories, five anthologies of poetry, and ten non-fiction books. His Tamil novels in English translation include Seasons of the Palm (2004), Current Show (2004), One Part Woman (2013), and Pyre (2016). His poetry, short story, and essay collections have been translated into English as Songs of a Coward, The Goat Thief, and Black Coffee in a Coconut Shell. He has received awards from the Tamil Nadu government and Katha Books. Seasons of the Palm was shortlisted for the international Kiriyama Award (2005), and the English translation of Madhorubagan won the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize (2017).