Perumal Murugan teaches Tamil Literature at a government arts college in Tamil Nadu. He is the author of ten novels, ten collections of short stories and poems and ten works of non-fiction. Several of his novels, stories and poems have been translated into English, including Seasons of the Palm, which was shortlisted for the Kiriyama Prize, Current Show, One Part Woman and Pyre. His best-known novel, One Part Woman, won the prestigious ILF Samanvay Bhasha Samman for writing in Indian languages. His recent novel, Poonachi, has been shortlisted for several awards.