M A Susila( 1949) is born in Karaikudi and did her Masters and PhD in Tamil literature. She has worked as a Professor in Tamil for over thirty-eight years in Fatima College, Madurai.Her translation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's novels Crime and Punishment (2007) and The Idiot (2011) have been hailed in Tamil Nadu. Her translation of The Idiot went on to win three awards: from the Tamil Literary Garden, Canada, Nalli- Disai Ettum and SRM University's G U Pope award.