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Kunwar Narain

Author, Hindi
Kunwar Narain (1927-2017) is considered one of India’s foremost poets, writers and thinkers of modern times. His diverse oeuvre of seven decades includes poetry, epics, stories, essays, criticism, diaries, translations of poets such as Cavafy, Mallarmé, Borges, Herbert, and Różewicz, and writings on world cinema and the arts. He has been translated into about thirty-five languages so far and his accolades include India's civilian honor Padma Bhushan; Italy's Premio Feroniafor distinguished world author; and Jnanpith, India's highest literary award across all languages. A reclusive writer, he remains largely unknown in the west.