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International Booker Prize 2022, wins Geetanjali Shree

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The Indian writer Geetanjali Shree with the novel ‘Tomb of Sand’ (Titled Axis) won the International Booker Prize 2022, becoming the first Hindi book to win the prestigious award for fiction from around the world translated into English. The proclamation took place this night during a ceremony in London: the jury called the work “extremely exuberant and incredibly playful”. Shree received a check for £ 50,000, which she split in half with her translator Daisy Rockwell. ‘Tomb of sand’ tells the story of an 80-year-old woman who, after the death of her husband, falls into a deep depression and then re-emerges to find her life. The old woman goes to Pakistan to deal with the unresolved trauma of her teenage experience during the ‘Partition’ – that is, when in August 1947 Viceroy Louis Mountbatten announced the subdivision of the Indian sub-continent into two new sovereign states, India and Pakistan – and shortly thereafter she reevaluates the meaning of being a mother, daughter, woman and feminist. Frank Wynne, president of this year’s award jury, called the book “extraordinarily entertaining. It is enormously engaging, fascinating and fun and light, despite the various topics covered: a beach read for everyone. “Wynne said the jury – made up of writer and academic Merve Emre, writer and lawyer Petina Gappah, writer, comedian and TV, radio and podcast presenter Viv Groskop, and translator and author Jeremy Tiang – had an internal “passionate debate”, but “when it came down to it, this was the majority of the bro chosen by the judges. “Shree, 64, is the author of three novels and several short story collections, although ‘Tomb of sand’ is the first of her books to be published in the UK. Rockwell is a painter, writer and translator living in Vermont, United States, and has translated several works of Hindi and Urdu literature. The other books in competition were: “Cursed Bunny” by Bora Chung (South Korea), translated by Anton Hur (Honford Star); “A New Name: Septology VI-VII” by Jon Fosse (Norway), translated by Damion Searls (Fitzcarraldo), published in Italian with the title “The other name. Septology vol.1-2” from La nave di Teseo; “Heaven” Mieko Kawakami (Japan), translated by Samuel Bett and David Boyd (Picador), in Italy published with the same title by E / O; “Elena Knows” by Claudia Piñeiro (Argentina), translated by Frances Riddle (Charco Press); “The Books of Jacob” by Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), translated by Jennifer Croft (Fitzcarraldo). (By Paolo Martini)

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