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Posted at: Nov 19, 2017, 12:50 AM; last updated: Nov 19, 2017, 12:50 AM (IST)

Lankan author bags 2017 DSC Prize

Lankan author bags 2017 DSC Prize
Anuk Arudpragasam

Dhaka, November 18

Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam’s “The Story of a Brief Marriage”, a touching tale of a young man trapped on the frontlines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers,  has bagged the $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017.

“Writers are not race car drivers. We are not in some kind of a race. We are all working in silence, we write because we believe there are things that cannot be communicated in speech. It feels a little insincere to celebrate this award because my novel is about something so tragic,” said Arudpragasam after receiving the award.

He announced he would donate one-third of the prize money to the organisations that work in Northern Sri Lanka, to Rohingya Muslims and to Kashmiri organisations providing succour in the troubled state. — IANS


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