Sri Lankan author Shehan Karunatilaka has won the 2022 Booker Prize with his novel The Seven Moons Of Maali Almeida.
Sri Lanka’s Karunatilaka wins Booker Prize
Writer Shehan Karunatilaka won the prestigious Booker Prize for fiction for The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, a satirical “afterlife noir” set during Sri Lanka’s brutal civil war.
Karunatilaka, one of Sri Lanka’s leading authors, won the Stg50,000 ($A90,000) award for his second novel.
The 47-year-old, who has also written journalism, children’s books, screenplays and rock songs, is the second Sri Lanka-born Booker Prize winner, after Michael Ondaatje, who took the trophy in 1992 for The English Patient.
Karunatilaka received the award from Camilla, Britain’s queen consort, during a ceremony on Monday at London’s Roundhouse concert hall.