Man Booker Prize recipient Indian authors and their books:
What is the Man Booker Prize called?
The Man Booker Prize, also known as the Man Booker Prize or Booker Prize for short, is awarded annually to an original English novel written by a Commonwealth or citizen of Ireland. In the year 2015, two Indian writers Anuradha Roy and British-Indian Sanjeev Sahota were given the Man Booker Prize. Writer Anuradha Roy was chosen for her third novel 'Sleeping on Jupiter' and Sanjeev Sahota for 'The Year of Runaways'. Anuradha Roy and Sanjeev Sahota together have received this award seven times for writers of Indian origin (other authors: VS Naipaul, Arundhati Roy, Salman Rushdie Kiran Desai and Arvind Adig).
Quick Info About Man Booker Prize:
|Category of award||Writer|
|Prize money||60 thousand pounds|
|First winner||Ismail qadre|
|last winner||Damon Galgut (2021)|
Important facts about the Booker Prize:
- The Booker Prize was established in 1969 by the Booker Maconnell Company of England.
- In the Booker Prize, 60 thousand pounds is given to the winning author.
- The first Man Booker Prize was awarded to Albanian novelist Ismail Qadre.
- The Man Booker Prize is considered equivalent to the Oscar prize in the field of literature.
- So far 7 Indian authors have received the Booker Prize.
- In the year 2015, two Indian writers Anuradha Roy and Sanjeev Sahota were given the Man Booker Prize.
Here we are telling you about the Indian novelists who won the Booker Prize or whose name was included in the short list of Booker Prize. Eminent Indian Anita Desai was nominated for the Bookers Prize not only once but thrice. First selected after the split in 1980 for his novel "Clear Light of Day". In 1984 for "In Custody" which was also made into a film in 1993.
List of Indian writers who have been awarded the Man Booker Prize:
- V.S. Naipaul: Famous novelist V.S. Naipaul These are not primarily from India but they are Indian in origin. V.S. Naipaul was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 1971 for "In a Free State". He was again shortlisted for "A Band in the River" in 1979.
- Anita Desai: Eminent Indian writer Anita Desai has been nominated for the Bookers Prize not only once but thrice. First selected after the split in 1980 for his novel "Clear Light of Day". In 1984 for "In Custody" which was also made into a film in 1993. The third and final time was chosen for his bicultural novel "Fasting, Feasting" in 1999. The Government of India honored Anita Desai with the Padma Shri and the Padma Bhushan in 2014.
- Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie: The famous British Indian novelist and essayist Salman Rushdie has not only been elected to the Booker four times but has also won the "Booker of Bookers" and "The Best of the Booker". Salman Rushdie was awarded the Man Booker Prize in 1981 for his novel "Mid Night Children". "Shame" (1983), "The Satanic Verses" (1988) and "The Moor's Last Say" (1995) were other novels that earned him the finalists.
- Rohiton Mistry: Eminent Indian-Canadian novelist Rohiton Mistry has written only three novels, and has been nominated for Bookers all three times. "Such a Long Journey" which entered the list in 1991 became more talked about when it was dropped from the Mumbai University syllabus on the complaint of Bal Thackeray. The second book "A Fine Balance" (1996) was successfully published. Mistry's third and final novel was "Family Matters" (2002).
- Arundhati Roy: This political activist won the Bookers Prize in 1997 for her debut novel "The God of Small Things". It was the best selling book by a non-resident Indian author. Apart from the Man Booker Prize, Arundhati Roy has received many other awards, the most important being the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2006.
- Kiran Desai: Kiran Desai's daughter Anita Desai won the Bookers Prize in 2006 for her second and final novel "The Inheritance of Loss". His first book "Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard" was criticized by authors such as Salman Rushdie.
- Indra Sinha: This British Indian writer was in the final list in the year 2007 due to her novel Animals People on the Bhopal gas tragedy.
- Aravind Adiga: 2008 was the third year in a row that an Indian novelist was nominated for the Booker Prize – and it was Chennai-based Aravind Adiga for his debut novel "The White Tiger". The novel made Adiga the second youngest author to receive the Booker Prize. He was the fourth author to have received the Booker Prize for his first novel.
- Amitav Ghosh: It was in the year 2008 that Bengali writer Amitav Ghosh was nominated in the list for his sixth novel "Sea of Poppies", that is, two Indians were nominated in the same year. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in the year 2007.
- Jeet Thail: Famous Indian novelist, poet and musician Jeet Thail who was included in the list of Man Booker Prize in 2012. This was for his first novel which was only fictional - "Narcopolis". This is the story of a man from Mumbai in 1970 who narrates his coming out of opium intoxication.