Leading poet and critic K Satchidanandan is happy to figure on the list of 18 probables in the race for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature this year.
Speaking to the media here on Tuesday, the veteran writer expressed happiness at the news.
"I feel it is as good as getting the award that my name is there in the list of probables," said 65-year-old Satchidanandan, who was in the city here to take part in a meeting.
He is now based in Delhi.
A multifaceted personality with works in both Malayalam and English, Satchidanandan is an academician, editor, translator and playwright.
Born in Thrissur, he started his career as a professor of English at KKTM College, Pulloot in 1968, and moved to Christ College in 1970. He voluntarily retired from this post in 1992 to take up the editorship of Indian Literature, the English journal of the Indian National Academy in Delhi.
In 1996 he became the executive head of the Sahitya Akademi for a decade (1996-2006).
He currently edits Beyond Borders, a journal of South Asian literature and ideas. Satchidanandan is married, with two daughters.
He has to his credit 22 collections of poetry, 16 collections of translations of poetry and 19 collections of essays on literature, language and society.
He has 24 collections of his poetry in translation in 16 languages including Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, English, French, German and Italian.
He has introduced several poets like Garcia Lorca, Alexander Block, Pablo Neruda, Cesar Vallejo, Bertolt Brecht, Paul Celan, Zbignew Herbert, Eugenio Montale, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Mahmoud Darwish and Yehuda Amichai to Malayalam readers through translations and studies.