New Delhi: Author Geetanjali Shree created a unique history by bagging the prestigious International Booker Prize on Thursday for her novel ‘Tomb of Sand’. It became the first novel in any Indian language to win the award.
Shree, along with American translator Daisy Rockwell, jointly won the prize. Rockwell has translated the Hindi novel into English.
The book was described by the judges as a “loud and irresistible novel” and competed with five other titles from around the world for the prestigious 50,000 pound literary prize.
Know about author
Geetanjali Shree was born on June 12, 1957, in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri. She is now based in Delhi. She has written three novels and various story collections as well. Her book, “Tomb of Sand,” has the distinction of being published in the United Kingdom. She became the first Hindi novelist to achieve the feat.
Her work has been translated into several languages: English, French, German, Serbian, and Korean.
She has won numerous awards for her outstanding literary works, and she has been a fellow of the Ministry of Culture, India and the Japan Foundation. Another specialty of Shree’s is that she chooses burning subjects for her novels.
She wrote her famous novel, Mai, in 2000, which was shortlisted for the Crossword Book Award. Her ‘Bel Patra’, which was published in 1987 in the famous literary magazine Hans.
Her award winning novel ‘Tomb of Sand’, in Hindi titled ‘Ret Samadhi’, is a family story which is a shadow of the partition of India and follows an 80-year-old woman after the death of her husband. It was first published in Hindi in 2018. It was the first Hindi-language book to be shortlisted for the £50,000 prize.