Indian Writer Raghu Karnad has recently won the Windham-Campbell Prize $165,000 Windham-Campbell Prize in the non-fiction category for his debut book -The Farthest Field: An Indian Story Of The Second World War.
Karnad is one of the eight winners chosen across four categories—fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. Raghu Karnad is the second Indian to receive the award. Earlier in 2016, Jerry Pinto had won the award for his novel, Em and the Big Hoom.
Raghu Karnad is the son of legendary writer and the Jnanpith awardee Girish Karnad. As per the Indian Journalist and author, “I am still a bit stunned. But it is a thrill that this obscure and untold chapter of history, which deserves so much more attention, caught the attention of this awesome institution and jury.”
The Windham-Campbell Prize is administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University in the US and was established in 2013. One of the world’s most lucrative literary awards, the prize is open to English language writers from across the world, with each winner receiving $165,000 to support their writing.
The award was constituted with the generous gift from writer Donald Windham in memory of his partner Sandy Campbell. The jury selects two winners each for each of the category fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry.