ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam’s novel A Passage North has been shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize, international media reported.
Arudpragasam’s novel is among six that have been shortlisted for the prestigious literary prize. The winner is to be announced on November 03.
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.
A Passage North is the most challenging book and some readers may find it frustrating, the BBC said. “It is written in long paragraphs, with lengthy sentences and not much dialogue. It is more of a philosophical meditation on memory and trauma than a page turner perhaps.”
The book was previously long listed for the same prize.
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. (Colombo/Sep15/2021)