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2022 International Booker Prize

Tomb of Sand, written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell, has won the 2022 International Booker Prize for Translated Fiction.

2022 International Booker Prize: Book "Tomb of Sand", written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell

Key Points:
  • Author Geetanjali Shree’s Hindi novel ‘Tomb of Sand’ has become the 1st book in any Indian language to win the prestigious International Booker Prize.
  • Her novel titled Ret Samadhi in Hindi was translated into English as Tomb of Sand by Daisy Rockwell. The novel is published by Tilted Axis Press. The press was founded by Deborah Smith, winner of the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of The Vegetarian by Korean author Han Kang.
  • Tomb of Sand is Geetanjali’s first novel to be published in the UK.
  • A Delhi-based writer Geetanjali Shree has become the first Indian writer to win the International Booker Prize.
  • It was the first Hindi-language book to be shortlisted for the £50,000 prize. The prize money will be divided between Geetanjali Shree and Daisy Rockwell.
About Book:

In northern India, an 80-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new lease of life. Her determination to fly in the face of convention confuses her bohemian daughter, who is used to thinking of herself as the more ‘modern’ of the two. To her family’s consternation, Ma then insists on travelling to Pakistan, confronting the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition.

About International Booker Prize:
  • The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for the finest single work of fiction from around the world which has been translated into English and published in the UK and Ireland.
  • The International Booker Prize, formerly known as the Man Booker International Prize, was first awarded in 2005.

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