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Monday, April 12, 2010

Rana Dasgupta wins Commonwealth Writers' prize

Books | guardian.co.uk

"...speaking on the phone from the ceremony at the International India Centre this afternoon, Dasgupta pronounced himself delighted to have won the £10,000 award. 'This news is about five minutes old,' he said, 'so I'm a little stunned.' According to Dasgupta there has been much discussion of the pressure English exerts on languages around the world during the week of workshops, readings and discussions in Delhi attended by the shortlisted authors, 'but there are still huge benefits to the global reach of English'."

Rana Dasgupta was the judge for last year's Willesden Herald short story competition.

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