JNU congratulates alumnus Geetanjali Shree on winning International Booker

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Saturday congratulated its alumnus Geetanjali Shree, whose Hindi-language novel became the first Indian-language book to win the prestigious International Booker Prize.

The New Delhi-based author won the prestigious award for ‘Tomb of Sand’, originally titled ‘Ret Samadhi’.

Set in northern India, the story follows an 80-year-old woman in a tale that Judges Booker called a “joyful cacophony” and “compelling romance”.

“Many congratulations to JNU alumnus Geetanjali Shree who is the first Hindi author to win the International Booker Prize 2022. ‘It all tells a story’…” JNU tweeted.

At a ceremony in London on Thursday, the writer said she was ‘completely overwhelmed’ by ‘love at first sight’ when she accepted her award, worth £50,000, which was shared equally with the book’s English translator, Daisy Rockwell.

Originally published in Hindi in 2018, “Tomb of Sand” is the first of his books to be published in the UK in English by Tilted Axis Press in August 2021.

Shree’s novel was chosen from a shortlist of six books, the others being: “Cursed Bunny” by Bora Chung, translated by Anton Hur from Korean; ‘A New Name: Septology VI-VII’ by Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls from Norwegian; ‘Heaven’ by Mieko Kawakami, translated by Samuel Bett and David Boyd from Japanese; ‘Elena Knows’ by Claudia Pieiro, translated by Frances Riddle from Spanish; and “The Books of Jacob” by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Jennifer Croft from Polish.

This year the judges reviewed 135 books and for the first time in 2022 all shortlisted authors and translators will each receive £2,500, up from £1,000 in previous years, bringing the total value of the award to £80,000.

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