In News: Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka has won the Booker Prize for his novel ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’
- Karunatilaka became only the second Sri Lankan born to win the prestigious prize.
- The book is about a photographer who wakes up dead, with a week to ask his friends to find his photos and expose the brutality of war.
- It is “a ghost story where the dead could offer their perspective”, based on the Sri Lankan civil war.
- He has expressed hope that his crisis-hit country will soon learn from its stories and understand that the ideas of corruption, race baiting and cronyism have not worked and will never work.
- It is a literary prize awarded each year for the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
- A high-profile literary award in British culture, the Booker Prize is greeted with anticipation and fanfare and the winner receives international publicity which usually leads to a sales boost.
- A sister prize, the International Booker Prize, is awarded for a book translated into English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland.
- The prize money constitutes £50,000 and in case of translations, the same is split evenly between the author and translator of the winning novel
Source: The Hindu Businessline