Sri Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam’s debut novel wins the DSC Prize 2017
Anuk Arudpragasam’s debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage, set during the Civil War in Sri Lanka, has won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017.books Updated: Nov 18, 2017 19:58 IST
Sri Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam’s has won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage. The announcement was made at a special ceremony at the Dhaka Literature Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 18.
And the winner for this year's DSC Prize is Anuk Arudpragasam for his brilliant novel 'The Story of a Brief Marriage'. Our heartiest congratulations to the winner for adding another golden chapter to r endeavour of promoting South Asian Writing & a big shoutout to @DhakaLitFest pic.twitter.com/8p7AlxlYP9— The DSC Prize (@thedscprize) November 18, 2017
The Story of a Brief Marriage, set over the course of a single day at a displaced persons camp during the Civil War in Sri Lanka, is the story of a young couple caught in the violence. Colombo-born Anuk Arudpragasam is currently completing a dissertation in philosophy at Columbia University, New York.
Arudpragasam announced at the event that he would be donating one-third of the prize money to organisations working for northern Sri Lankans, Rohingya community and Kashmiris.
Watch: HT in conversation with Anuk Arudpragasam at the Dhaka Literature Festival.
The five authors shortlisted for the Prize this year were: Anjali Joseph for The Living (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, UK), Aravind Adiga for Selection Day (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India), Karan Mahajan for The Association of Small Bombs (Chatto & Windus, UK & Viking, USA & Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India), Stephen Alter for In the Jungles of the Night (Aleph Book Company, India) and Anuk Arudpragasam for The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta Books, UK).
Such golden moments. we are proud to bring to you Anuk Arudpragasam, the winner for this year's DSC Prize! thank u @DhakaLitFest for making this a grand and memorable evening pic.twitter.com/OvCuMOv719— The DSC Prize (@thedscprize) November 18, 2017
The prestigious international literary award, which is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people, carries an award of $25,000 (over Rs 16 lakh).
Previous winners include Anuradha Roy (Sleeping on Jupiter), Jhumpa Lahiri (The Lowland), Cyrus Mistry (Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer), and Jeet Thayil (Narcopolis).
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