Anuradha Roy’s ‘The Folded Earth’ won the Economist Crossword Book Award 2011 in the ‘Indian Fiction’ category on Thursday night, beating a field that included a Man Booker Prize shortlisted nominee.
The Folded Earth, set in a Himalayan town , is Roy’s second novel; her first ‘An Atlas of Impossible Longing’ had been nominated for the same award in 2009. Roy was, unfortunately, not present at the event.
Other nominees in the category included Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People Who Care which won the Hindu Literary Prize, Jeet Thayil’s Booker-shortlisted Narcopolis, Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya’s The Storyteller of Marrakesh. This is the eleventh edition of the awards.
Sudha Murthy, writer and chairperson of the Infosys Foundation was the chief guest. “I am over the moon,” said Roy, via a video recording from Ranikhet. The jury comprised academic and writer Alok Rai, writer Geeta Doctor and The Economist’s books’ editor Fiammetta Rocco.
Aman Sethi’s ‘A Free Man’ triumphed in the Indian Non-Fiction category. Ravi Subramanian’s ‘The Incredible Banker’ beat nine nominees to claim the prize in the popular category, where the winner is decided through online and offline polling by the public.
The award in the “Indian translation” category was shared between the Malayalam novel “The Araya Woman” (written by R Narayan and translated by Catherine Thankamma) and the short story collection “Seventeen” (written by Anita Agnihotri and translated by Arunava Sinha).