The country where I flee from Prajwal Parajuly selected for the Emile Guimet award


Par: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

September 25, 2020 6:14:19 p.m.

Parajuly’s novel is about three siblings and their reunion on their grandmother’s 84th birthday. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)The list of finalists for the 2020 French Emile Guimet Prize features Indian author Prajwal Parajuly. The author was nominated for his novel Land where I run away, translated by Flee and come back, a report in Parchment said. Along with Parajuly, author Manu Joseph was nominated in the Longlist for his novel, Miss Laila armed to the teeth translated into english by Miss Laila Army and Dangerous. If Parajuly’s novel was translated by Benoîte Dauvergne, Joseph’s book was translated by Bernard Turle.

Parajuly’s novel is about three siblings and their reunion on their grandmother’s 84th birthday. Growing up, they had developed a distant bond with her, which changes after their visit to Gangtok. Originally published in 2013, the book has received sustained positive reviews. One on The Guardian says: “Gangtok, in the remote state of Sikkim in northern India, is both the setting for this novel and the birthplace of its author. Parajuly’s familiarity with this place seems to have engendered a certain contempt – for its corruption and feverish culture – and its hostility extends to its characters as well, making it a rather caustic tale.

Back home, a review in The Hindustan Times describes the book as a nuanced take on “family, relationships, and people struggling for individual freedom in a society that forces them to hide the most intimate, Land Where I Flee has no black and white characters “.

The winner will be announced at the end of November.

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