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Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam's "Brief Marriage" wins the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature

20 November 2017 - 74   - 0

Sri Lankan writer Anuk Arudpragasam’s has won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 for his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage. The announcement was made at a special ceremony at the Dhaka Literature Festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on November 18.

Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith announced the award that comes with a cash prize of $25,000 (approximately Rs 16 lakh) at the Dhaka Literature Festival, Indian media reported.

The Story of a Brief Marriage is the first novel by Colombo-born Anuk Arudpragasam, who is currently finishing a dissertation in philosophy at Columbia University in New York. Narrated over the course of a single day and night, the book is an unflinching and courageous portrayal of marriage, war and death during the Tamil-Sinhala conflict.

After winning the award, Arudpragasam announced that he would donate one-third of the prize money to organisations working for northern Sri Lankans, Rohingya Muslims and Kashmiris.

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