Arundhati Roy receives European Essay Prize

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Arundhati-Roy-receives-European-Essay-PrizeArundhati Roy received the 45th European Essay Prize for Lifetime Achievement and the award is presented by the Charles Whelan Foundation.

An Overview of the News

  • Arundhati Roy's book of essays, 'Azadi' (2021), especially the French translation, received acclaim.

  • 'Azaadi' explores the concept of freedom in an increasingly totalitarian world, with an emphasis on fiction and alternative imaginations.

  • Roy is known for his notable works, including the Booker Prize-winning novel The God of Small Things.

  • The award ceremony will be held on September 12 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

  • Past recipients of the European Essay Prize include Alexander Zinoviev, Amin Malouf and Siri Hustvedt.

European Essay Prize:

  • It is the first literary award dedicated solely to the genre of the essay.

  • The award recognizes outstanding essays that criticise current societies, their practices and ideologies.

  • It has been awarded since 1975 highlighting its long standing presence in the literary scene.

  • Award-winning essays shed light on social norms, political structures, cultural practices, and socioeconomic challenges.

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