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Amitav Ghosh joint winner of $1 million Israeli prize

A file photo of author Amitav Ghosh New Delhi June 15, 2008. REUTERS/Danish Ismail/Files

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Author Amitav Ghosh has won the Dan David prize for his depictions of 20th century life and will share the million dollar prize with Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, organisers said.

The annual award is endowed by the Dan David Foundation of Israel and given to individuals or institutions that have made an outstanding contribution to humanity.

Ghosh, 53, is the third Indian to win the award after chemist C.N.R. Rao (2005) and music conductor Zubin Mehta (2007).

“Ghosh’s remarkable reworking of the great tradition of the Western novel in transnational terms marks him as a writer destined for distinction and acclaim,” organisers said.

The author, whose works include “The Circle of Reason” (1986) and “The Shadow Lines” (1990), was also shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for his most recent novel “Sea of Poppies”.

Reporting by David Lalmalsawma