Geetanjali Shree is first Indian winner of International Booker Prize

Geetanjali Shree is first Indian winner of International Booker Prize

May 26, 2022 by BBC News - Home

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  • Image source, Andrew Fosker/Shutterstock/Booker Prizes Image caption, Geetanjali Shree said her novel is about "an old woman who gradually rose up from her deathbed to reinvent her life" Geetanjali Shree has become the first Indian writer to win the International Booker Prize.
  • Her novel Tomb of Sand, a family saga set in the shadow of the partition of India, follows an 80-year-old woman after the death of her husband.
  • In her acceptance speech, quoted by the Press Trust of India, she said being the first book in Hindi to win the prize felt good.
  • "There are many stories that came together in the book... but it's also the story of an old woman who gradually rose up from her deathbed to reinvent her life," she said.

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