N.S. Madhavan is an award-winning Malayalam writer, essayist and columnist. His first story collection, Chulaimedile Savangal (Corpses of Chulaimede), was published in 1981. Thereafter, he lapsed into a decade long silence and returned in 1991 with his comeback story, the critically acclaimed Higuita. His second collection of stories was also called Higuita. Since then he has published five collections of stories, a novel, a collection of plays, a collection of travelogues and a book of literary criticism. He is a four-time winner of the Katha Prize series (Delhi) for Malayalam and an annual award for best stories in regional languages. His only novel, Lanthan Batheriyile Luthiniyakal, came out in 2003. The English translation, Litanies of Dutch Battery, won the Crossword Award for Best Indian Fiction in translation.