Originally published as ‘Ret Samadhi’ and translated by Daisy Rockwell, the Tomb of Sand written in Hindi by Geetanjanli Sree has won the International Booker Prize for the year 2022 for translated fiction. Tomb of sand is the first book written originally in an Indian language to be awarded the prestigious International Booker Prize.
The book features a woman in her 80s, who had lost her husband. The stage is set in the background of the 1947 partition of India and birth of Pakistan. Among the literary sources that describe the traumatic events during the partition, Ret Samadhi is unique.
International Booker Prize was known as Man Booker International Prize until 2016. From then, the International Prize for Foreign Fiction was merged with the booker prize and the name was changed to the International Booker Prize.
At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop, translated from French by Anna Moschovakis was the winner of the International Booker Prize in 2021.