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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Zero Bridge & The Hanging River is a story of a teenager who is smitten by a charming girl in her class. His repeated efforts to come close to her are so simple and adorable. They fill the heart of readers with warmth and affection.
As story progress, abrupt events of destiny adds new dimensions to his journey.
Reader’s get connected immediately with the protagonist. They will start breathing the life of the young teenager, and may often see a reflection of themselves in him.
It is an emotive roller coaster bumpy ride with romantic, dreamy, heartwarming and intense soul searching moments
Zero Bridge and the Jhelum river have been beautifully used as metaphors to give depth and meaning into the contemporary life of the characters.
It’s a true reflection of the fact that all of us are connected with our past traditions. We need to understand and recognise them to understand our present.
It’s heartening to see the protagonist finding the answers of his complex problems while getting connected with Zero Bridge and looking into the river Jhelum.
Author has been successful in talking the readers into an inward journey and ask questions. Some of them may get answerd and some may remain hung, to be answered by the destiny.
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