Tomb of Sand: Daisy Rockwell & Geetanjali Shree
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 16:30-17:30
Session No: 140
Geetanjali Shree’s Tomb of Sand, translated by Daisy Rockwell, has made history as the first Hindi novel – and the first from India as well as South Asia – to win the prestigious International Booker Prize for fiction translated into English. Noted for its deft play on words in Hindi, it tells of an 80-year-old Indian woman’s sudden decision, following her husband’s death, to travel to Pakistan and confront the traumas of her teenage years. Described as ‘extraordinarily exuberant and incredibly playful’, even while it explores the impact of bereavement and Partition, it’s engaging, funny and utterly original.
Join Geetanjali Shree and Daisy Rockwell for a fascinating conversation about the particular alchemy required to turn a many layered, intricate novel into an award-winning translation.
Daisy Rockwell is an American artist, translator and writer. She translates from Hindi and Urdu into English. Her translations include novels by Geetanjali Shree, Krishna Sobti, Upendranath Ashk, Khadija Mastur and Bhisham Sahni, as well as poetry by Azra Abbas, Mangalesh Dabral, Shubham Shree and Parveen Shakur. She is the winner, with author Geetanjali Shree, of the 2022 International Booker Prize for her translation of the Hindi novel Tomb of Sand. She was awarded the 2020 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Literary Work for her translation of Krishna Sobti’s Hindi novel A Gujarat Here, A Gujarat There.
Geetanjali Shree is the author of the novel Tomb of Sand (originally titled Ret Samadhi), which was shortlisted for the Emile Guimet Prize and the winner of the 2022 International Booker Award. Her other acclaimed novels include Mai, Hamara Shahar us Baras, Tirohit and Khali Jagah. She also writes non-fiction in English and Hindi and has published five short story collections. Shree is also a founding member of Delhi-based theatre group, Vivadi, and works on their plays which are performed both in India and abroad.