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PrajwalParajuly’s ‘Land Where I Flee’ among Emile Guimet Prize finalists

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PrajwalParajuly’s ‘Land Where I Flee’ among Emile Guimet Prize finalists

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GANGTOK: ‘Fuir et Revenir’, the French translation of Sikkimese author PrajwalParajuly's bestselling debut novel ‘Land Where I Flee’is now a finalist for France's Emile Guimet Prize.
The novel, initially published in English by Quercus, was declared a 'Book of the Year' by The Independent in the UK, The Kansas City Star in the US, and The Hindustan Times and numerous other South Asian publications. Parajuly was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize in the UK and The Story Prize in the US. He also featured on the Oprah Book Club in South Africa and later went on to judge the Dylan Thomas Prize.
‘Land Where I Flee’ is a family sagain which four Nepali-Indian siblings living in various parts of the world convene in the Himalayan town of Gangtok to celebrate their formidable grandmother's 84th birthday.
The other four writers on the shortlist are:Fang Fang (China), Shion Miura (Japan), TseringDondrup (Tibet), and Izumi Shiga (Japan).
This year's winner will be announced in late October at a ceremony held in the prestigious Emile Guimet Museum, in Paris. Previous awardees have included British-Indian writer RanaDasgupta, South-Korean author Hwang Sok-Yong and Natsu Miyashita from Japan.    
Parajuly is originally from Gangtokbut now divides his time between New York and Kolkata.  

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi