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For India, No Small Thing; Native Daughter Arundhati Roy Wins Coveted Booker Prize
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Writers; Awards & honors; Books-titles
Author: Cooper, Kenneth J
Date: Oct 20, 1997
Start Page: C.01
Section: STYLE

Indian literature has attracted increasing interest and acclaim in the United States and Europe in the past decade, but most of the international attention has been focused on novels by writers who do not actually live in India.

V.S. Naipaul, though of Indian descent, grew up in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and has lived in England for decades. Salman Rushdie was born in India but is a longtime resident of England. Sashi Tharoor, author of "The Great Indian Novel," lives in New York City, where he works for the United Nations.

So India's English-speaking elite has exulted over England's most prestigious literary award, the Booker Prize, going to Arundhati Roy this year for her first novel, "The God of Small Things." Roy, who lives here in the capital, became the first Indian citizen to win the literary prize. The award, announced Tuesday night in London, temporarily satisfied a hunger for international validation of the worthiness of India and things Indian.

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