Kiran Nagarkar (1942-2019) was one of the most significant writers of postcolonial India. His first novel, Saat Sakkam Trechalis
translated into English as Seven Sixes are Forty-Three
, was quickly recognized as one of the most significant novels ever written in Marathi. His subsequent novels include Ravan and Eddie
, which won the Indian Academy of Letters (Sahitya Akademi) Award for best novel and which Gore Vidal called “a fascinating book, a sort of fantastic marriage between the Thomas Mann of Royal Highness
and the Lady Murasaki.” His most recent works were God’s Little Soldier
and The Extras
, a sequel to Ravan and Eddie
. His books have been translated into many languages. Apart from his work as a novelist, Nagarkar has written plays and screenplays, and was a literary and social critic.