Geetanjali Becomes First Indian Author to Win the International Booker Prize for Fiction Translated by Shree

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Indian author Geetanjali Shree’s Hindi novel “Tomb of Sand” translated into English by Daisy Rockwell has won the 2022 International Booker Prize for Translation for Fiction. This is the first book originally written in any Indian language to win the coveted award. It was originally released as “Ret Samadhi” in 2018. Shree and Rockwell will split 50,000 British pounds, approximately $63,000, which they received at a ceremony in London on May 26.

According to the Booker website, the book follows an 80-year-old woman who “falls into a deep depression with the death of her husband” and then reappears to gain new life span. “Her determination to fly against tradition confuses the bohemian girl who is accustomed to thinking of herself as the more ‘modern’ of the two,” the book’s synopsis says. “To his family’s amazement, Ma then insists on traveling to Pakistan and confronts the unresolved trauma of the youth’s Partition experiences.”

Booker says the book is “not only engaging, entertaining, and thoroughly original, but also an urgent and timely protest against the disruptive effects of borders and boundaries between religions, countries, or genders.”

Three of them said on the Booker website that the award wasn’t just about him. “I represent a language and a culture, and this recognition brings the entire world of Indian literature in particular, and Indian literature as a whole, to the wider arena.”

According to Frank Wynne, “Tomb of Sand,” chairman of the jury, “is a brilliant novel of India and division, but one whose captivating brio and fierce compassion weaves youth and age, man and woman, family and nation into an ever-changing whole. “

Describing the book as “a rich, beautiful, experimental work,” according to The Times of India, Rockwell said he was honored to work with Shree “to create its English translation.”

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The author of three novels and several short story collections, Shree’s work has been translated into English, French, German, Serbian and Korean. He was born in Mainpur in 1957. “Tomb of Sand” is the first of his books published in England. She has won and shortlisted a number of awards and scholarships and currently lives in New Delhi.

The International Booker Prize is awarded each year to the best book translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It is separate from the better known Booker Prize, awarded to novels originally written in English.