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Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka wins Booker Prize

Britain’s Camilla, Queen Consort presents the Booker Prize for fiction award to Sri Lankan writer Shehan Karunatilaka

LONDON: Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka on Monday won Britain’s Booker Prize for fiction for his work “The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida”, about a journalist murdered amid the country’s sectarian strife.

“My hope for Seven Moons is this… that in the not-so-distant future… that it is read in a Sri Lanka that has understood that these ideas of corruption and race-baiting and cronyism have not worked and will never work,” he said.

“I hope it’s in print in 10 years but if it is, I hope it’s written in (a) Sri Lanka that learns from its stories, and that Seven Moons will be in the fantasy…

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