Cricket-themed first novel wins DSC South East Asian Prize for Literature

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24 January 2012
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Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka won the $50,000 prize for his debut, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew ...
Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka won the $50,000 prize for his debut, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew

The award ceremony took place at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival, and Shehan's win was the result of a unanimous decision by the jury.

'The speech rhythms of smaller towns and indigent characters, so seldom seen and heard, are brought alive by a writer who handles character and speech with consummate ease. That world has long needed a suitable metaphor and he has discovered it: Cricket. Set in Sri Lanka, as an epic search for a lost player, Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilake is both a portrait of a lost way of life and a glimpse into the future this vast and vivid region is fated to occupy,' said jury chairperson Ira Pande.

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