Man Booker Prize 2013: Will Jhumpa Lahiri’s ‘The Lowland’ win?

Last Updated: Oct 15, 2013, 10:44 AM IST

Zee Media Bureau

The winner of Man Booker Prize is scheduled to be announced today. Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri is among the nominees for the coveted title.
Lahiri’s new novel, ‘The Lowland’, portrays the tale of two brothers set in the backdrop of Calcutta of the 1960s.

The author will create history if she wins the honour because the104 pages long ‘The Lowland’ will become the shortest novel to win the Booker prize ever.

Born in London, 46-year-old Lahiri, who lives in Brooklyn, New York, is the daughter of immigrants from West Bengal.
She has penned three other noted books. Her debut collection of stories, `Interpreter of Maladies`, won the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Hemingway Award.

Her novel `The Namesake` was a New York Times Notable Book and was selected as one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications.

`The Namesake` was also adapted into a film of the same name by acclaimed filmmaker Mira Nair.

Her second book of short stories, `Unaccustomed Earth`, was named one of the ten best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review.

In a review of her latest novel, the New York Times noted: "Jhumpa Lahiri first made her name with quiet, meticulously observed stories about Indian immigrants trying to adjust to new lives in the United States, stories that had the hushed intimacy of chamber music."

"The premise of her new novel, `The Lowland,` in contrast, is startlingly operatic," the influential US daily said calling it "certainly Ms. Lahiri`s most ambitious undertaking yet," that "eventually opens out into a moving family story."

(With IANS inputs)