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Malayalam author S Hareesh wins the JCB Prize for Literature 2020

The JCB Prize for Literature is regarded as the richest literary prize in India. As per norm, the Malayalam author will receive ₹25 lakh cash prize and the translator will receive an additional ₹10 lakh. 

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2020 11:20:20 pm
The book was chosen among the five books in the shortlist. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

The winner of the JCB Prize for Literature 2020 has been announced. And this year S Hareesh has won for his novel, Moustache which been translated into English by Jayasree Kalathil and published by HarperCollins India. The winner was announced by Lord Bamford, Chairman, in a virtual awards ceremony. The book was chosen among the five books in the shortlist which consisted of Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara, Chosen Spirits by Samit Basu, Prelude to a Riot by Annie Zaidi and These, Our Bodies, Possessed by Light by Dharini Bhaskar.

The JCB Prize for Literature is regarded as the richest literary prize in India. As per the norm, the Malayalam author will receive a ₹25 lakh cash prize and the translator will receive an additional ₹10 lakh.

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The jury this year consisted of Tejaswini Niranjana, professor, cultural theorist, Deepika Sorabjee, head of the Arts and Culture portfolio at Tata Trusts, Aruni Kashyap, writer and translator and Ramu Ramanathan, playwright, and director. The book has been hailed for its impeccable match of myth with magic. Speaking on it, Niranjana said, “Moustache is a fine work of Indian fiction by a highly regarded Malayalam author whose work is now coming into English translation. Hareesh engages in an agile and deeply insightful way with the caste and gender equations of the Kuttanad region in this intricate and highly readable story. Jayasree Kalathil’s translation of the novel is fluent and energetic. She conveys the specificity of the context without missing the wood for the trees.”

In the past, the author has received several honours including Kerala Sahitya Akademi Award, Thomas Mundassery Prize, and the VP Sivakumar Memorial Prize among others.

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