Premchand (1880-1936) is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent, widely praised for his contribution to modern Hindi-Urdu literature. A writer of numerous short stories, plays and novels, his work has shaped the landscape of Hindi literature in particular. His novel Godaan is still considered the greatest Hindi novel ever written. Several of his stories and novels have been adapted for film and television.
M. Asaduddin is a renowned author, critic and translator. His work has been recognized with the Sahitya Akademi Prize, and the Katha and A.K. Ramanujan awards for translation. Most recently, his translation of Ismat Chughtai’s A Life in Words:Memoirs, published in Penguin Classics, won The Economist Crossword Book Award 2013 for Best Indian Language Translation.