2016 International Dublin Literary Award Won by Indian-American Author Akhil Sharma [ Current Affairs ]

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The prestigious 2016 International Dublin Literary Award has been won by an Indian American author Akhil Sharma for his semi-autobiographical novel “Family Life. ” His novel was shortlisted out of a preliminary 160 suggestions by a panel of judges of award that involved novelists Ian Sansom, Juan Pablo Villalobos and Carlo Gebler.

  • Family Life is Sharma’s second novel and he has completed this book in 13 years.
  • The novel describes the journey of a family that treks from New Delhi to New York, where one brother is left severely brain-damaged after a tragedy strikes.

About Akhil Sharma

  • Akhil Sharma was born in New Delhi.
  • In 1979 he had settled to US along with his family.
  • An Obedient Father was his first novel which was published in 2000.
  • In 2001 it has won the prestigious PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award.
  • His stories also have been issued in The New Yorker and in Atlantic Monthly and also included in The Best American Short Stories and also in O. Henry Prize Collections.
  • Awards and honours:
  1. He was named as one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists in 2007.
  2. His won the prestigious 2015 Folio Prize for his second novel Family Life.

About International Dublin Literary Award

  • The International Dublin Literary Award is an annual international literary award which is honored for a novel written in English or translated into English.
  • The purpose of the award is to support quality in world literature.
  • It is exclusively subsidized by the Ireland’s capital city Dublin.
  • It is the richest literary prizes in the world and brings monetary prize of 100, 000 euros.
  • If the winning book is a translation then prize is distributed between the writer and the translator.

- Published on: June 13, 2016