Indian authors’ journey with The Booker Prize

Indian authors' journey with The Booker Prize

 

A literary prize that is awarded each year for the best novel written in English and published in the United Kingdom or Ireland,

it is also known as the Booker Prize for Fiction (1969-2001) and the Man Booker Prize (2002-2019) it was created only for the commonwealth, Irish and South Africa. and later Zimbabwean citizens were eligible to receive the prize. In 2014 it was widened to any English-language novel—a controversial change.

Apart from the prize money the award is a prestigious recognition of literary talent chosen by a panel of judges including; professors, novelists, historians, publishers and journalists.

The first Booker Prize was awarded to ‘PH Newby' in 1969 for his novel' Something to Answer' In 1970, Bernice Rubans became the first woman to win the Booker Prize, for The Elected Member.

There are a number of authors in India who have won this prestigious award for their remarkable works. such as V.S Naipaul, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie, Arvind Adiga, and Geetanjali Shree

In 2022, Geetanjali Shree's novel Ret Samadhi (2018), translated into English as Tomb of Sand by Daisy Rockwell, won the International Booker Prize, becoming the first book in Hindi and the first from an Indian writer to receive the accolade. The book traces the transformative journey of 80-year-old Ma, who becomes depressed after the death of her husband. She then decides to travel to Pakistan, confronting trauma that had remained unresolved since she was a teenager who survived the Partition riots. 

Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul— an Indian-origin author born in Trinidad won the Booker Prize in 1971 for his book In 'A Free State'-a collection of three short stories that show the complex and hopes of the characters of the post-colonial period.

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is an Indian-born British-American novelist who won this prize in the year 1981, for his allegorical work' The Midnight Children.' based on a historical chronicle of modern India.

Arundhati Roy, An activist and writer won this prestigious award for her debut novel ‘The God of Small Things’. The novel deals with casteism, child sexual abuse, and childhood trauma with nuanced sensitivity.

 

Kiran Desai won the Booker Prize for her book -' The Inheritance of Loss', in the year 2006. The book in the 1980s the story revolves around a retired judge Jemubhai Patel and his granddaughter Sai who lost her parents. He hires a Nepali youth Gyan to tutor Sai. Kiran waved a heart-touching tale of love loss and belonging.

Arvind Adiga winner of the Booker for his work -The White Tiger., in the year 2008. In this book, the protagonist Balram Halwai works as a driver for a wealthy businessman in Delhi. He wrote a letter to the former Chinese president. The book is a reflection of a conflict between the oppressor and the oppressed. the book was also adapted into a movie in 2021.

 

 

Year

Name

Name of Work

1971

V.S. Naipaul

Ina Free State

1980

Anita Desai

Clear Right Day

1981

Salman Rushdie

Midnight’s Children

1993

Salman Rushdie Booker of Booker(Best Novel in 25 Years of Booker)

Midnight’s Children

1997

Arundhati Roy

The God of Small Thing

2002

Rohinton Mistry

Such a Long journey

2006

Kiran Desai

The Inheritance of Loss

2007

Indra Sinha

Animal People

2008

Arvind Adiga

The White Tiger

2011

Amitav Ghosh

River of Smoke

2012

Jeet Thayil

Narcopolis

 

There are some other prominent writers who might not have won the Booker Prize yet but their works have been short-listed for the Booker Prize; Anita Desai, a novelist, short stories writer, and Humanities professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made her way to the top nominees thrice for her books – ‘Clear Light of Day’, ‘Fasting Feasting’ and ‘In Custody’. An Indian-Canadian writer Rohinton Mistry's Such a Long Journey- 1991, A Fine Balance- 1996 and Family Matters- 2002.  Indra Sinha is a British writer of Indian and English descent-Animal's people. Amitav Ghosh's ‘Sea of Poppies’ was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2008. 

 

Meenu Yatin

 

 

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