Sri Lankan novelist’s ‘A Passage North’ shortlisted for 2021 Booker Prize

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam’s novel A Passage North has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, international media reports.

‘A Passage North’ is among six novels shortlisted for the prestigious literary prize. The winner is to be announced on November 03.

This is perhaps the first Sri Lankan novel shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

The book is said to explore the lasting effects of the trauma and violence of Sri Lanka’s near-three-decade civil war, and a past romance.

“We felt that he was taking on with great seriousness this question of, how can you grasp the present, while also trying to make sense of the past?” Horatia Harrod, one of the judges of the competitions was quoted by the BBC as saying.

The author’s debut novel, The Story of a Brief Marriage, previously won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature and was also shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Arudpragasam writes in both English and Tamil and reportedly splits his time between Sri Lanka and India.

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