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Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka won Booker Prize, 2022

  • Published
    19th Oct, 2022
Context

Recently, the Booker Prize has been released for the year 2022.

The Winner

  • Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka won the Booker Prize for his novel The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, about a dead war photographer on a mission in the afterlife.
  • Earlier, he received a trophy from Queen Consort Camilla at the English language literary award's first in-person ceremony since 2019. He also gets a 50,000 pound ($56,810) prize.
  • The novel highlights an entirely serious philosophical romp regarding the murderous horrors of civil war in Sri Lanka.

The Booker Prize:

  • The prize was established as the Booker Prize for Fiction after the company Booker, McConnell Ltd began sponsoring the event in 1969.
  • It became commonly known as the "Booker Prize" or the "Booker".
  • The winner of the Booker Prize receives international publicity which usually leads to a sales boost.
  • When the prize was created, only novels written by Commonwealth, Irish, and South African (and later Zimbabwean) citizens were eligible to receive the prize. However, in 2014 it was widened to any English-language novel —a change that proved controversial.
  • A five-person panel constituted of authors, librarians, literary agents, publishers, and booksellers is appointed by the Booker Prize Foundation each year to choose the winning book.
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