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Geetanjali Shree wins International Booker Prize for first Hindi novel 'Tomb of Sand'

  • Published
    27th May, 2022
Context

Author Geetanjali Shree's Hindi novel ‘Tomb of Sand' has become the first book in any Indian language to win the prestigious International Booker Prize.

About
  • Geetanjali Shree's ‘Tomb of Sand’, originally ‘Ret Samadhi’ was translated by Daisy Rockwell.
  • Originally published in Hindi in 2018, ‘Tomb of Sand’ is the first of her books to be published in the UK in English by Tilted Axis Press in August 2021.
  • Complementing the Booker Prize for Fiction, the international prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.

About International Booker Prize:

  • The Booker Prize is the leading literary award in the English speaking world, and has brought recognition, reward and readership to outstanding fiction for over five decades.
  • Each year, the prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best novel of the year written in English and published in the UK and Ireland.
  • It is a prize that transforms the winner’s career.
  • The winner receives £50,000 as well as the £2,500 awarded to each of the six shortlisted authors.
  • Both the winner and the shortlisted authors are guaranteed a global readership and can expect a dramatic increase in book sales.

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