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‘Tomb of Sand’ is the first novel translated from an Indian language to win the award. Shree and Rockwell split the International Booker’s £50,000 purse.

Translator Daisy Rockwell, left, and author Geetanjali Shree are the winners of the 2022 International Booker Prize for ‘Tomb of Sand.’ Image: Booker Foundation, Andrew Fosker for Shutterstock

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

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In London, the 2022 International Booker Prize tonight (May 26) has been won by author Geetanjali Shree and translator Daisy Rockwell for their work on Tomb of Sand (Tilted Axis Press, 2021).

The moment carries several important firsts, as listed by the Booker Foundationin its media messaging this evening:

  • Tomb of Sandis the first book originally written in any Indian language to win the prize, and the first novel translated from Hindi to be recognized
  • Tomb of Sand is Shree’s first novel to be published in the UK
  • Daisy Rockwell’s English translation won one of English PEN’s translation awards in 2019
  • Its publication by the independent Tilted AxisPress ties in Deborah Smith, the company’s founder and the translator who won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of The Vegetarian by Korean author Han Kang

It’s of particular importance to note that the winning International Booker Prize comes from an independent press.

In a news conference earlier today… Read more…

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