Anuradha Roy is pictured (centre) after being announced the winner of the $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, for her novel SLEEPING ON JUPITER (MacLehose Press).
The Prize ceremony took place at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka. Roy emerged ahead of a shortlist that also included works by Akhil Sharma and Neel Mukherjee. With her are (from left) Surina Narula, Co-founder of the DSC Prize; Ranil Wickremesinghe, Prime Minister of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka; jury member Karen Allman, and jury member Syed Manzoorul Islam.
The judges also included Mark Tully (Chair), Dennis Walder, and Neloufer de Mel. Tully said: "We chose Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy because of its elegance, flair and readability. It raises many issues succinctly and with commendable economy of words. The South Asian setting is described faithfully and evocatively. Among the issues raised are the power of memory and myth, religious hypocrisy, sexuality, abuse and other forms of violence. The novel contains powerful portraits of both major and minor characters. We believe this book will be a source of inspiration to other writers."