What a moment for India! The Delhi-based author Geetanjali Shree's Hindi novel ‘Tomb of Sand’ has won the International Booker Prize 2022. It also became the first book in any Indian language to win the prestigious award.
‘Tomb of Sand’, which was originally titled ‘Ret Samadhi’, was translated by Daisy Rockwell.
Author Geetanjali Shree said that she had never dreamt of the Booker Prize and that she never thought she could. She called it a huge recognition and felt amazed, delighted, honoured and humbled.
Notably, 'Tomb of Sand' is the first book in any Indian language to win the prestigious award. The award recognises fiction from across the world that has been translated into English.
The winning prize — 50,000-pound ($63,000) — will be split between Geetanjali Shree and Rockwell.
‘Ret Samadhi' or 'Tomb of Sand’ is based on an elegy for the world that people inhabit and energy that retains hope in the face of impending doom.
The book revolves around 80-year-old character, Ma, to her family’s consternation. She insists on travelling to Pakistan besides confronting the unresolved trauma of her teenage experiences of Partition.
The 64-year-old Geetanjali Shree has translated her works into English, French, German, Serbian, and Korean languages.