Rana Dasgupta awarded Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Solo
13 Apr 2010
Rana Dasgupta's second novel Solo has earned him the 2010 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Solo by British-Indian author Rana Dasgupta has won the best book prize as part of the 2010 Commonwealth writer's prize held in New Delhi, today.
He won £10,000 and Australian writer Glenda Guest won £5,000 for novel Siddon Rock, which was selected as the best first book.
The prize is in its 24th year and comprises winners from commonwealth regions, taking part in head-to-head debates in front of the panel of judges including chairman Honourable Justice Nicholas Hasluck.
Justice Hasluck said: "I am honoured to be involved in bringing these cultural insights of these stories to a truly international audience and enriching the fabric of the literary world."
Solo is a novel depicting the life and adventures of a 100-year-old blind Bulgarian man on a quest for enlightenment. The character Ulrich explores a century of politics, violence and lost love.
Past winners of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize include Salman Rushdie, Michael Ondaatje and Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche.
By Jade Caulfield