Geetanjali Shree Wins International Booker Prize

AWARDS AND SPORTS

Indian Author Geetanjali Shree won the prestigious International Booker Prize-2022 at a ceremony in London.

She won the award for her Hindi novel ‘Tomb of Sand’. It is the first book in any Indian language to win the prestigious International Booker Prize. She shared the award with the book’s English translator, Daisy Rockwell - a painter, writer and translator living in Vermont, USA. Geetanjali will be awarded GBP 50,000, which will be split evenly between the author and translator. GBP stands for ‘British pound sterling’.

‘Tomb of Sand’ was among 13 long-listed novels, which were translated to English from 11 languages and originated from 12 countries across four continents.

The novel ‘Tomb of Sand’, originally known as ‘Ret Samadhi’, is set in northern India and follows an 80-year-old woman in a tale the Booker judges dubbed a “joyous cacophony” and an “irresistible novel”. The book narrates the story of an 80-year-old woman who experiences a deep depression after the death of her husband. Eventually, she overcomes her depression and decides to visit Pakistan to finally confront the past that she left behind during the Partition.

Author Geetanjali Shree was born in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri and is presently based in New Delhi, she has authored three novels and several collections of short stories, many of which have been translated into other languages - English, French, German, Serbian, and Korean.

The International Booker Prize is an international literary award hosted in the United Kingdom (UK). Since 2016, the award has been given annually to a single book translated into English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland, with a £50,000 prize for the winning title, shared equally between author and translator.

 

   Important points for the exam:

  • Indian Author Geetanjali Shree won the prestigious International Booker Prize-2022 at a ceremony in London.
  • She won the award for her Hindi novel ‘Tomb of Sand’, originally known as ‘Ret Samadhi’. The novel was translated into English by the English translator, Daisy Rockwell.
  • It is the first book in any Indian language to win the prestigious International Booker Prize. 
  • She was awarded the £50,000 prize and it is shared between the author and the translator. 
  • The book narrates the story of an 80-year-old woman who experiences a deep depression after the death of her husband.

   Facts to know:

  • The International Booker Prize was introduced in 2005.
  • The award is given for the best book in English or in English translation.
  • The award was given by the Booker Prize Foundation.
  • The International Booker Prize is formerly known as the Man Booker International Prize.
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