In 2015, Perumal Murugan said: “Perumal Murugan the writer is dead. As he is not god, he is not going to resurrect himself. He also has no faith in rebirth. An ordinary teacher, he will live as P. Murugan. Leave him alone.” Join Murugan and chair Roanna Gonsalves to find out why he changed his mind.
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Perumal Murugan is one of India's most respected and highest selling literary writers, author of eleven novels and five collections each of short stories and poetry. He has twice been longlisted for the National Book Award for Translated Literature for One Part Woman and The Story of a Goat. His book Pyre was longlisted for the International Booker Prize in 2023.
Roanna Gonsalves is an award-winning writer and educator with an interdisciplinary practice. She is the author of the critically acclaimed collection of short fiction, The Permanent Resident. Her social-satirical radio series about contemporary India, On the tip of a billion tongues, and her essay Doosra: The life and times of an Indian student in Australia were commissioned and broadcast by ABC RN. She works as a Lecturer in Creative Writing at UNSW, Sydney.