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Award-winning ‘Tomb of Sand’ will be released in the US in 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — This year’s International Booker Prize winner, Geetanjali Shree’s novel “Tomb of Sand,” will be published in the United States this winter by an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

“Tomb of Sand”, the story of an elderly widow thinking back to the 1947 partition of British India between India and Pakistan, was originally written in Hindi and translated by Daisy Rockwell. It is the first book in any Indian language to win the International Booker Prize for fiction translated into English.

“Tomb of Sand” was first released in 2018 and released in English translation in 2021. HarperVia acquired it for the US market.

“I was blown away by the originality of the book – a literary masterpiece unlike any I’ve read before,” HarperVia editor Gretchen Schmid said in a statement Thursday. “Geetanjali Shree writes about death, grief and trauma in a way that is meaningful and moving, yet playful and fun, and I am in awe of the richness and exuberant wordplay of Daisy Rockwell’s translation.”


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