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Shanghvi makes an IMPAC(T)
Rubina A Khan
The Times of India Online
Printed from >City Supplements> Bombay Times
[ Sunday, November 27, 2005 09:17:19 pm TIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

Author has been nominated for IMPAC, the world's richest literary award.

The spotlight's once more on local literary sensation Siddharth Dhanvant Shanghvi.

The 28-year-old's bestseller novel, The Last Song of Dusk, is nominated for the world's richest literary award, International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Prize. Awarded annually on grounds of 'high literary merit, the award is worth 100,000 euros.

"I'm shocked. Writing is such a private meditation that any public recognition is a charming intrusion. I'm actually quite daunted because the pressure for my next novel has doubled," says Shanghvi.

After winning the UK's Betty Trask Award last year and the Premio Grinzane Cavour in Italy this summer, the young writer's fellow IMPAC nominees include Booker Prize winner Alan Hollinghurst and Colm Toibin.

So, how does it feel to have global fame? "Outside of my walk on Juhu beach, I seldom leave home. So whom will I be famous in front of ?"

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