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Who is Shehan Karunatilaka, the writer whose novel “The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida” received the 2022 Booker Prize?

By on October 18, 2022 0

The seven moons of Maali Almeidaa metaphysical thriller by Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka, received the Booker Prize for Fiction 2022 for the novel’s “ambition of its breadth and the hilarious audacity of its storytelling techniques”. The announcement was made by 2022 Judges’ Chairman Neil MacGregor during a ceremony at the Roundhouse, London on October 17.

According to Booker’s website, the novel captures the story of a war photographer who wakes up dead in what appears to be a celestial visa office. He has “seven moons” to try to solve the mystery of his death and help uncover a cache of photos that will send warning-torn Sri Lanka shaking. Originally published in January 2022, The seven moons of Maali Almeida is considered by many to be hot satire in the chaos of the Sri Lankan civil war. However, the author wishes to see it in the fantasy section of the bookstore and not confuse the novel with “realism or political satire”, he said in his acceptance speech.

Karunatilaka, who has now become the second Sri Lankan author to win the Booker Prizereceived the honor of Queen consort Camilla at the award’s first in-person ceremony since 2019. The writer said, “My hope for ‘Seven Moons’ is that in the not too distant future… it is read in a Sri Lanka that has understood that these ideas of corruption , breed-baiting and cronyism hasn’t worked and never will.

One of Sri Lanka’s greatest authors, Shehan Karunatilaka has published two novels and three children’s books. Her first novel Chinese: The Legend of Pradeep Mathewpublished in 2010, received the 2012 award Commonwealth Book Prize and brought the author to the world literary scene. It went on to win the DSL and Gratiaen awards and was declared the second best cricket book of all time by Wisden. Long before his first novel, the author’s first manuscript, The painterwas shortlisted for the Gratiaen Prize in 2000 but was never published.

Born in Galle, Sri Lanka in 1975, Karunatilaka grew up in Colombo, studied in New Zealand and lived and worked in London, Amsterdam and Singapore. He currently lives in Sri Lanka.

In addition to his widely acclaimed books, the author has also written about sports, music and travel for The Guardian, rolling stone, Widen, QG, Conde Nast and National geographic. He has over 20 years of experience with advertising agencies, technology companies, media, start-ups and multinationals in Singapore, London, Colombo, Sydney and amsterdamindicates its official website.

The website describes him as a “Booker-screened writer of punchlines, manifestos and calls to action. Failed cricketer, failed rockstar, failed vegan. Observer of people, machines and markets. Does not know how to use semicolons; and unable to spell diarrhea without help”.

In an interview a few weeks before the Booker Awards ceremony, Karunatilaka listed his five favorite Booker-awarded or shortlisted novels: Lincoln at Bardo, Cloud Atlas, The Handmaid’s Tale, Daughter and Women.

In 2013, speaking to The nationhe had described his influences as follows: “Kurt Vonnegut, William Goldman, Salman RushdieMichael Ondaatje, Agatha Christie, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Tom Robbins and hundreds more.

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