Geetanjali Shree becomes the first Indian winner of the International Booker Prize

Geetanjali Shree is the first Indian winner of the International Booker Prize for her novel Tomb of Sand.

The book follows the story of an 80-year-old woman after the death of her husband and is set during the partition of India in 1947.

It was the first Hindi book shortlisted for the £50,000 prize and was translated into English by American translator Daisy Rockwell.

“I never dreamed of the Booker, I never thought I could,” Shree said in an acceptance speech, quoted by the Press Trust of India.

“What a huge recognition. I am amazed, delighted, honored and humbled.”

She added: “Behind me and this book lies a rich and thriving literary tradition in Hindi and other South Asian languages.

“World literature will be all the richer because it has some of the best writers in these languages.”

Author Geetanjali Shree gives her acceptance speech after winning the 2022 International Booker Prize for her novel Tomb of Sand (David Cliff/AP).

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Frank Wynne, chairman of the jury, said he had never read anything like Tomb of Sand.

“It has an exuberance and a life and a power and a passion that the world could use right now,” he said.

Announcing the news online, the organization said, “We are delighted to announce that the winner of the #2022InternationalBooker Prize is Tomb of Sand by Geetanjali Shree, translated from Hindi to English by @shreedaisy and published by @tiltedaxispress.”

Shree beat out five other finalists, including Poland’s Nobel Prize-winning author Olga Tokarczuk, Argentina’s Claudia Piñeiro and South Korean author Bora Chung, to receive the award at a ceremony in London on Thursday.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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