A Sri Lankan wins International Booker Award
‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ by a Sri Lankan, Shehan Karunathilaka, was awarded the best book award at the International Booker Awards in London yesterday (17th).
Queen Consort Camilla, the wife of British King Charles III, presented the award, one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world, to Shehan Karunathilake. This book depicts various aspects of the civil war in Sri Lanka, which ended in May 2009.
Along with the award, a cash prize of fifty thousand British pounds has also been presented to Shehan Karunathilake. He has also won the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2012 for his novel“Chinaman”.
This time, the Booker award went to a Sri Lankan after 30 years.
Michael Ondaatje, a writer of Sri Lankan origin, won the Booker Prize in 1992 for his novel ‘The English Patient.
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