2016 International Dublin Literary Award Won by Indian-American Author Akhil Sharma [ Current Affairs ]
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:
- He was named as one of Granta magazine’s Best of Young American Novelists in 2007.
- 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