Author M Mukundan on Saturday received the JCB Prize for Literature 2021 for his novel Delhi: A Soliloquy.

The novel, published by Westland Books, was originally written in Malayalam and was translated into English by Fathima EV and Nandakumar K.

While Mukundan will receive a prize amount of Rs 25 lakh, Fathima and Nandakumar will receive an amount of Rs 10 lakh.

Mukundan said receiving the award was a great moment and one that he will cherish. He added that the JCB Prize will give the book greater visibility and help it reach more readers.

“I dedicate this award to the poor people on the streets of Delhi,” Mukundan said.

The novel describes the experiences of a Malayali youth, Sahadevan, in Delhi. It speaks about several key moments in Independent India’s history, as seen from the protagonist’s perspective – including the Emergency and the anti-Sikh riots.

A review of Delhi: A Soliloquy by Sahana Hegde on notes that the novel “is neither solely character-driven nor solely plot-driven, which is really the best way to tell a story like this”.

“Against the backdrop of chaos, the characters do their best to build themselves dignified lives,” the review said. “There are…

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