Noted Indian author Amitav Ghosh has won the prestigious Dan David Prize for his remarkable reworking of the great tradition of the Western novel in transnational terms. The one million dollar award is a joint international enterprise endowed by the Dan David Foundation and headquartered at Tel Aviv University.
But more about the winner: Amitav Ghosh is one of India’s best-known writers. His books include The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia,The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, Incendiary Circumstances, The Hungry Tide. His most recent novel, Sea of Poppies, is the first volume of the Ibis Trilogy.
Ghosh, 53 is the third Indian to win the award, joining an elite league comprising chemist C.N.R Rao and musician Zubin Mehta.
Awards are nothing new to Amitav Ghosh – his works having won him prizes as diverse as the Prix Medicis Etranger (one of France’s top literary awards), Sahitya Akademi Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Grand Prize for Fiction, Hutch Crossword Book Prize and the Grinzane Cavour Prize in Turin, Italy.
Multiple copies of his books are available at JustBooks Libraries. If any indication of his popularity with JustBooks members, 8 copies of his book The Seas of Poppies has seen 91 readers!