Shehan Karunatilaka is out with a collection of short stories, soon after his Booker win. The Sri Lankan author in conversation with Open
Karunatilaka’s novel, though set during the civil war of the 1990s, seems oddly resonant today
A finely delineated and sharply observed story of a middle-class Delhi family during Partition, by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell, wins the International Booker Prize. A first for a translation from India
The 2021 Booker Prize shortlist tells of the persistence of grief, the deceptions of online prattle, the call of the wild, racial inequality and the triumph of the human spirit
The joint award to Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo steals the Nobel’s thunder
The central character badly needs that award to emphasise his heroism
With three men and three women on the list, and with ages ranging from 35 (Ottessa Moshfegh) to 57 (Deborah Levy) the Man Booker shortlist appears to be unusually balanced.