History and Art and Culture
First Indian language book to win the International Booker Prize: Author Geetanjali Shree’s translated Hindi novel, Tomb of Sand
- The 2018 novel titled ‘Ret Samadhi’ was translated by Daisy Rockwell and published as ‘Tomb of Sand’ in 2021.
The Booker Prize Award
- One of the best-known literary awards for fiction writing in English, including both novels and collections of short stories.
- First awarded in 1969
- Criteria: Must be written in English and published in the UK and Ireland
- International Booker Prize: Awarded annually for a single book, written in another language and translated into English. The £50,000 prize money is divided equally between the author and translator each year.
Many Indian-origin writers have won the Booker in the past, such as
- Arundhati Roy (‘The God of Small Things’)
- Salman Rushdie (‘Midnight’s Children’)
- Kiran Desai (‘The Inheritance of Loss’)
- Aravind Adiga (‘The White Tiger’)
- Shree is the first Indian to win an international prize
Source: Indian Express
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