Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy (1932–2014) was born in the Shimoga district in Karnataka, India. He studied English literature at the University of Mysore and received his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, England. He was a professor of English literature at the University of Mysore and the author of five novels, three volumes of poetry, a play, and many collections of short stories and essays. A socialist, Ananthamurthy was instrumental in the development of the Navya (or “new”) movement in Kannada literature. In 1995 he received the Jnanpith Award, India’s highest literary honor, and in 2013 he was short-listed for the Man Booker International Prize.