The Novel Translated From Hindi Won The 2022 International Booker Prize
If for the original Booker Prize announcements you have to wait till the late autumn, the 2022 International Booker Prize has been already awarded to the best translated fiction. This year it went to Tomb of Sand, written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell.
Tomb of Sand is the first book originally written in any Indian language to win the International Booker Prize, and the first novel translated from Hindi to be recognized by the award.
Set in northern India, the novel follows the adventures of an 80-year-old woman who unexpectedly gains a new, and highly unconventional, lease of life. The result is a book that is engaging, funny and utterly original, at the same time as being an urgent and timely protest against the destructive impact of borders and boundaries - whether between religions, countries or genders.
According Frank Wynne, chair of the judges, "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."
The International Booker Prize is awarded annually for a single book, translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. Last year David Diop, a French writer and academic, won the prize with his unsettling tale At Night All Blood Is Black, translated by Anna Moschovakis, of two Senegalese soldiers fighting in the trenches of the First World War.