Sri Lankan author wins Shakti Bhatt prize

November 24, 2017 01:29 am | Updated 01:29 am IST - New Delhi

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam has won the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2017 for his novel The Story of a Brief Marriage , which was also awarded the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 recently.

One of the judges for the shortlist, Arshia Sattar, said the novel “presents the civil war in Sri Lanka like never before. Writing from within the debris of Tamil lives in prose that can pierce your heart, Arudpragasam’s protagonists find dignity as they piece together strategies of survival”.

The book was chosen from 47 titles submitted for consideration this year, with judges Kamila Shamsie, Rohini Mohan and Margaret Mascarenhas unanimously picking it.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.