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O.V. Vijayan (1930–2005) published five novels, eight collections of stories, seven collections of political essays and one volume of satire. His second novel, Gurusagaram, won the National Sahitya Akademi Award. The novel also won the Kerala State Akademi Award and the prestigious Vayalar Award. Vijayan worked as a political cartoonist for several leading newspapers like the Hindu, Statesman, Mathrubhumi (Malayalam) and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Vijayan translated some of his works into English. These include The Saga of Dharmapuri and After the Hanging and Other Stories, both published by Penguin.