Shehan Karunatilaka’s debut book, Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew, was celebrated in an award ceremony at the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival. Shehan's win was the result of a unanimous decision by the jury.
Ira Pande an member of the jury said “The speech rhythms of smaller towns and indigent characters, so seldom seen and heard, are brought alive by a writer who handles character and speech with consummate ease. That world has long needed a suitable metaphor and he has discovered it: Cricket. Set in Sri Lanka, as an epic search for a lost player, Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilake is both a portrait of a lost way of life and a glimpse into the future this vast and vivid region is fated to occupy.”
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