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Preti Taneja

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Preti Taneja

Preti Taneja’s novel We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press/ AA Knopf), a translation of Shakespeare’s King Lear, tracks the rise of fascism in contemporary India....

It won the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize for the UK’s finest literary debut of the year, and was listed for awards including the Folio Prize, the Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize and the Prix Jan Michalski, Europe’s premier award for a work of world literature. It is published in translation worldwide. Her second book is Aftermath (Transit Books/ And Other Stories), a creative non-fiction lament on trauma, terror, prison and grief, following the London Bridge terror attack in 2019. It was a Book of the Year in the New Yorker, the New Statesman and The White Review, and was shortlisted for the British Book of the Year. Aftermath won The Gordon Burn Prize, awarded ‘for literature that is forward thinking and fearless in its ambition and execution’. Preti is Professor of World Literature and Creative Writing at Newcastle University and in 2022 was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for Languages and Literatures for her groundbreaking experimental work.

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