Sri Lankan Writer Shehan Karunatilaka Wins Booker Prize 2022  

Sri Lankan author Shehan Karnatilaka has been awarded the 2022 Booker Prize for what the jury describes as “a rollercoaster journey through life and death.” Seven months of Mari Almeida.

Set in 1990 Colombo, war photojournalist, gamer, and closeted gay Mari Almeida wakes up dead one morning in what appears to be a celestial passport office.

Not only is the heart broken, the war is also broken. Not only is blood lost, but lives are lost. Almeida, who uses the afterlife as his reality, has seven moons that lead the two he loves to a treasure trove of hidden photographs that are expected to shake things up.

Karnatilaka pours its wisdom into a cup of cynicism, ghosts and laughter while spilling the lessons of the island nation’s history.

Seven Moons chat with the deadreleased just before the pandemic in January 2020.

The 47-year-old follows Sri Lankan-born author Michael Ondaatje, who won the Booker Prize for The English Patient in 1992 and won the Golden Booker Prize, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2018.

Earlier, when the shortlist was announced, chairman of the jury, Neil McGregor, said that while the six books are set in different places at different times, “they all happen, to some degree, everywhere and they are relevant to all of us.” It’s about what happens,” he said.

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Singer-songwriter Dua Lipa delivered the keynote address, and comedian Sophie Duker hosted the event. Here’s the rest of the shortlist:

Glory, by NoViolet Bulawayo: An allegory satirizing Zimbabwe’s 2017 coup. It is the lucid response of an animal that leads to rebellion, hoping to teach the human world about how to see things clearly.He, one of the characters in the novel, controls, controls, controls Old is his hose. What happens when the Old Horse is gone? There are many joys to be had until you are once again embroiled in a series of violence and tyranny.

Alan Garner’s “Trecle Walker”: A traveler, Trekle Walker, and a boy, Joe Coppock, become friends. Coppock has lazy eyes, squinting his eyes at the world. Garner, like many of his other works, sets his story in Cheshire, England, where quantum physics and imagination merge as Joe begins his journey of discovery. Booker’s jury praised the book as “mysterious, beautifully written, and a moving book that offers a glimpse into the deep work of being human.”

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“Trees” by Percival Everett: Ed and Jim, both detectives, set out to investigate a series of murders. Eerily, at each crime scene exists a second corpse of him that resembles Emmett Till, a young black boy who was lynched in Money, Mississippi decades ago. Booker’s judges said everything about The Trees is relevant to today’s world. “Everett looks at American race with unblinking eyes, asking what it means to be haunted by history, what it means and should be to stand up for justice.” Everett plunges headlong into harsh reality with “swagger, humour, relish and rage.”

Little Things Like These, by Claire Keegan: On Christmas Day 1985, in a small town in Ireland, Bill Furlong, a coal and timber merchant, found a young unmarried mother during a tour of a monastery. The story unfolds against the backdrop of the Magdalen Laundry scandal, in which thousands of women were forced into labor by the Catholic Church, and Keegan focuses on the complicity of the community to allow such abuse to continue. Keegan’s historical fiction is also a profound reflection on the person who sees evil and acts according to his conscience, and the consequences of those decisions.

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Oh William! , Elizabeth Strout: In this novel by Lucy Burton, Strout reunites her successful author heroine with her first husband, William, and studies the results. Together they retrace their memory trails, looking back on their college days, their marriage, the birth of their daughter, and the breakdown of their marriage, and why they still rely on each other for their friendship. They also appreciate the past, which holds more surprises in store for them, making the novel feel deeply empathetic and insightful. I commended her for her calm reflections on loneliness.

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