Nov 11 (Sroll) Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasamís novel The Story of a Brief Marriage won the 2017 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature in Dhaka on Saturday.
Bangladesh Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith announced the award that comes with a cash prize of $25,000 (approximately Rs 16 lakh) at the Dhaka Literature Festival.
The Story of a Brief Marriage is the first novel by Colombo-born Anuk Arudpragasam, who is currently finishing a dissertation in philosophy at Columbia University in New York. Narrated over the course of a single day and night, the book is an unflinching and courageous portrayal of marriage, war and death during the Tamil-Sinhala conflict. After winning the award, Arudpragasam announced that he would donate one-third of the prize money to organisations working for northern Sri Lankans, Rohingya Muslims and Kashmiris.