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Appadurai Muttulingam

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Appadurai Muttulingam

Appadurai Muttulingam is from Sri Lanka and has worked in many countries for the World Bank and the United Nations.  A citizen of Canada, he has published thirty books in Tamil including two novels, short story collections, essays, and interviews. Three collections of his short stories have been translated into English and published....

He has won many awards including the highest literary award (1996) in Tamil Nadu, India, and the Sri Lankan Government Sahitya Academy Award (1998).  In 2014, he received the Markham City Council (Canada) Literary Award. He is also the recipient of the Vikatan literary award (2012), the prestigious S.R.M. University (India) literary award (2013), and the Ki.Ra award (2022). He is the founder/director of Tamil Literary Garden, a charitable organization in Canada that promotes literary excellence, and of Tamil Chair Inc., a charitable organization registered in the USA for the establishment of Tamil studies at Harvard University and the University of Toronto. His stories translated into English have appeared in Words Without Borders,, Inspired, Asymptote, and Narrative, and the anthologies Many Roads Through Paradise (Penguin Books, 2014) and Uprooting the Pumpkin (Oxford University Press, 2016).

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