Geetanjali Shree with the award. (Photo: PA Media)
NEW DELHI: After authoring “Tomb of Sand”, Geetanjali Shree has become the first Indian writer to win the International Booker Prize.
Her novel, a family saga set in the shadow of the partition of India, follows an 80-year-old woman after the death of her husband, according to BBC.
It was the first Hindi-language book to be shortlisted for the £50,000 prize.
Shree said she never dreamt of the Booker, and never thought she could make it.
“What a huge recognition. I’m amazed, delighted, honored and humbled,” she said.
“Behind me and this book lies a rich and flourishing literary tradition in Hindi, and in other South Asian languages. World literature will be the richer for knowing some of the finest writers in these languages,” she said.
Frank Wynne, the chair of judges, said the panel were “captivated by the power, the poignancy and the playfulness” of her novel.
“This is a luminous novel of India and partition, but one whose spellbinding brio and fierce compassion weaves youth and age, male and female, family and nation into a kaleidoscopic whole,” he said.
According to BBC, he added that he had not read anything like it before, and its “exuberance” and “passion” make it a book “the world could do with right now.”
The prize money will be split between Shree and the book’s translator, US-based Daisy Rockwell.
The International Booker Prize is awarded every year for a book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland.
(Inputs from BBC)