The winner of the 2022 International Booker Prize is Tomb of Sand, written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell.
Tomb of Sand is Geetanjali’s first novel to be published in the UK. It is also the first book originally written in any Indian language to win the prize, and the first novel translated from Hindi to be recognised by the Booker Prizes.
The novel is published by Tilted Axis Press, which was founded by Deborah Smith with her prize money from when she won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her translation of The Vegetarian by Korean author Han Kang.
Captivated by the power, the poignancy and the playfulness of ‘Tomb of Sand’, Geetanjali Shree’s polyphonic novel of identity and belonging, in Daisy Rockwell’s exuberant, coruscating translation. This is a luminous novel of India and partition, but one whose spellbinding brio and fierce compassion weaves youth and age, male and female, family and nation into a kaleidoscopic whole.
Geetanjali Shree is the author of three novels and several story collections, and her work has been translated into English, French, German, Serbian and Korean.
Shree was born in Mainpuri, India, in 1957. Tomb of Sand is the first of her books to be published in the UK. She has received and been shortlisted for a number of awards and fellowships, and currently lives in New Delhi.
TOMB OF SAND
Written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell from Hindi. In northern India, an 80-year-old woman slips into a deep depression at the death of her husband, then resurfaces to gain a new, highly unconventional, lease of life. Original, engaging and funny, Tomb of Sand is also an urgent and timely protest against the destructive impact of borders.
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