Shehan Karunatilka becomes the second Sri Lankan author to win the Booker Prize with his book The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida.
The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida tells the story of a war photographer who has woken up dead in what seems to be a celestial visa office. He has ‘seven moons’ to try and solve the mystery of his death and to help unveil a cache of photos that will rock war-torn Sri Lanka. In addition to his two novels, Karunatilaka has worked as an advertising copywriter, as well as writing songs, screenplays and travel stories.
The Booker Prize is among the world's leading literary awards for a single work of fiction. Founded in the UK in 1969, it initially rewarded Commonwealth writers and now spans the globe: it is open to anyone regardless of origin. Each year, the Booker Prize is awarded to what is, in the opinion of the judges, the best sustained work of fiction written in English and published in the UK and Ireland.
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