Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie has won the International Women’s Prize for fiction with “Home Fire”, a novel on love, fundamentalism and conflicting loyalties in the post-9/11 era.
LONDON (News Agency) – Pakistani-British writer Kamila Shamsie won the International Women’s Prize for Fiction with “Home Fire”, a novel on love, fundamentalism and conflicting loyalties in the post-9/11 era.
Thirty-thousand pound ( Forty-thousand dollar) prize was awarded to Shamsie at a ceremony in London on Wednesday. Roughly based on Sophocles’ ancient Greek tragedy “Antigone”, her novel focuses on three British Muslim siblings torn apart when one joins the Islamic State group.
Journalist Sarah Sands, who was the chairperson of the judging panel, called it a story of “identity, conflicting loyalties, love and politics” that “spoke for our times.”
Shamsie surpassed five other finalists. They included American writer Jesmyn Ward, who had been bookies’ favorite for her National Book Award-winning novel “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”
Started in 1996, the reputed prize is open to female English-language writers from around the world.