NEW YORK (AP) – This year’s winner of the International Booker Prize, Gitanjali Sri’s novel “The Tomb of the Sand” will be published in the US this winter by HarperCollins Publishers.
The Sand Tomb is the story of an elderly widow who recalls the partition of British India into India and Pakistan in 1947, originally written in Hindi and translated by Daisy Rockwell. This is the first book in any Indian language to win the International Booker Prize for Fiction in English translation.
The Sand Tomb was first published in 2018 and released in English in 2021. HarperVia acquired it for the American market.
“I was impressed by the originality of the book, a literary masterpiece unlike anything I’ve ever read before,” HarperVia editor Gretchen Schmid said Thursday. “Gitanjali Sri writes about death, grief and trauma in a meaningful and exciting way, but also playful and funny, and I admire the richness and magnificent play on words translated by Daisy Rockwell.”