Orange Prize for Fiction goes to Homer’s era!

Updated: Jun 01, 2012, 15:23 PM IST

Zeenews Bureau

Delhi: The Orange Prize for Fiction this year was awarded to ‘The Song of Achilles’, US writer Madeline Miller’s debut venture. The book takes the reader through a Homeric tale of friendship and love.

The book paints snippets from the Hellenic era, and traces the tale of Partoclus, an awkward, exiled young price who befriends the ancient Greek hero Achilles. The friendship gradually deepens and once the news of Helen being abducted reaches Achilles, Patroclus undertakes the journey till Troy in order to fight for the Greeks.

“This is a more than worthy winner – original, passionate, inventive and uplifting,” Orange Prize panel chair Joanna Trollope said in a statement. “Homer would be proud of her.”

The Orange Prize for Fiction was instituted in 1996 to award, celebrate and publicise fiction written by women all over the world, to the widest spectrum of readers possible. The prize comes with a 30,000 pound ($47,000) cheque, and is presented to the best novel of the year, written in English.