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NEW YORK: Indian author Pankaj Mishra is among eight writers to win Yale University’s $150,000 literary prize for 2014.
Called the Windham Campbell Literary Prizes, the awards have been given for works of fiction, non-fiction and drama.
Apart from Mishra, the other winner in non-fiction is John Vaillant (United States/Canada).
In fiction, Aminatta Forna (Sierra Leone), Nadeem Aslam (Pakistan), and Jim Crace (Britain) are the winners.
In drama, the winners are Kia Corthron (United States), Sam Holcroft (United Kingdom) and Noelle Janaczewska (Australia).
“Such delightful news! As a freelancer obliged to make a living from writing, you are always scrounging for bits of time in which to write the next book, and this wonderfully generous prize will help me secure a long undistracted period,’’ said Mishra in reaction to the news.
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University, which announced the prizes, said Mishra’s work “expands our understanding of the encounter between Western and Non-western culture. His prose is distinguished by a melliﬂuous yet precise phrasing whose generous intelligence speaks to the general reader and specialist alike.’’
Reacting to the news, Pakistani novelist Nadeem Aslam said, ““Artists are moths, chewing holes in the robes of the powerful and the unjust. My work is a private response to the world I live in, so when readers agree with what I have written I am deeply grateful because it makes me feel less alone.’’
The prizes will be given at a ceremony at Yale on September 15.