Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka has won the 2022 Booker Prize for his second novel ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’. Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious literary awards in the world.
Karunatilaka has become the second Sri Lankan to win the prestigious literary prize after Michael Ondaatje who won for ‘The English Patient’ in 1992.
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida
‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ tells the story of the photographer of its title, who in 1990 wakes up dead in what seems like a celestial visa office.
With no idea who killed him, Maali has seven moons to contact the people he loves most and leads them to a hidden cache of photos of civil war atrocities that will rock Sri Lanka.
Chair of the 2022 Booker judges Neil MacGregor said, the judges particularly admired and enjoyed in ‘The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida’ the ambition of its scope, and the hilarious audacity of its narrative techniques.
The Booker Prize is awarded annually to a book published in English in the United Kingdom and Ireland.