The Man Booker Prize

2006 - Kiran Desai

Born: 3 September 1971, New Delhi, India

Author's quote: "You can catch more flies with honey than with sour milk. "

Field: Novelist

Prize share: 1/1


Books Written By Kiran Desai


About Kiran Desai

Kiran Desai (born 3 September 1971) is an Indian author. Her novel The Inheritance of Loss won the 2006 Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.

Desai is the daughter of Anita Desai, herself short-listed for the Booker Prize on three occasions. She was born in Chandigarh on the 3rd of sptember , and spent the early years of her life in Pune and Mumbai. She studied in the Cathedral and John Connon School. She left India at 14, and she and her mother then lived in England for a year, and then moved to the United States, where she studied creative writing at Bennington College, Hollins University, and Columbia University.

Her first novel, Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, was published in 1998 and received accolades from such notable figures as Salman Rushdie. It won the Betty Trask Award, a prize given by the Society of Authors for the best new novels by citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations under the age of 35.

Her second book, The Inheritance of Loss, (2006) was widely praised by critics throughout Asia, Europe and the United States. It won the 2006 Man Booker Prize, as well as the 2006 National Book Critics Circle Fiction Award.

In August 2008, Desai was a guest on Private Passions, the biographical music discussion programme hosted by Michael Berkeley on BBC Radio 3. In May 2007 she was the featured author at the inaugural Asia House Festival of Cold Literature.

She was awarded a 2013 Berlin Prize Fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin.

 

Reviews

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard: A Novel - Kiran Desai

By A Customer

I'd like to add my two cents' worth to the question of whether this book was written "for a western audience" - nonsense! It's for anyone, Western or Eastern, Southern or Northern, as long as they enjoy a funny story and an unerring, sharp-eyed take on humanity. And, not to get technical, but this book follows a traditional Indian form of literature, the story of the reluctant guru (of which probably RK Narayan's classic "The Guide" is the best-known example in the West). And the humor (speaking as someone who has lived there) is very typically Indian. It's really a wonderful book - to be enjoyed!

Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard: A Novel - Kiran Desai

By A Customer

I think those who lament the absence of a plot should look for the in-depth potrayal of Indian village life instead. Only an Indian could relate to the postal clerk steaming open letters in the Post-Office to while away his time. This is how drafts go a-missing in real life! Everything Desai writes about can be found in India-from the "desirable" qualities of an Indian bride to the extolling of the "wise-words" of the so-called guru. Read this book if you want a slice of Indian life. It all unfolds right before your eyes. And you don't need any prior knowledge of Indian culture to enjoy this book!