Jasmine Days by Benyamin wins inaugural JCB Prize for Literature

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Benyamin was announced as the winner of the first edition of the JCB Prize for Literature. Distinguished by superior writing and profound contemporary relevance, Jasmine Days was the unanimous choice of the jury. The book was translated from Malayalam by Shahnaz Habib.

The winning author received 25 lakhs, India’s richest award, as well as a magnificent trophy, created by Delhi artist duo Thukral & Tagra, entitled Mirror Melting. The winning translator collected an additional prize of 5 lakhs.

Benyamin has written close to 20 books across multiple genres – from short stories to novels to memoir – and is already one of the leading literary voices of our time.

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