Rana Dasgupta, the British-Indian novelist, and essayist has bagged the second edition of Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize. The award is for his debut novel Solo, published in 2010. Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize focusses on the revival of poetry and books that can change lives. It rewards the authors whose efforts to promote compassion, tolerance, mutual understanding, have successfully bridged various divides such as class, caste, ethnicity, gender, age, and education. Apart from the prize for literary fiction, the other categories include a prize for Social Achievement which has been awarded to Yohei Sasakawa, and his incredible efforts to uproot leprosy and for his great contribution to the world peace.
A work of fiction, Solo is set in communist and post-communist Bulgaria told from the perspective of a near-centenarian man. The novel had also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book in 2010. The author of Tokyo Cancelled, a collection of urban folk tales and Capital, an exploration of modern Delhi. He is the literary director of the JCB Prize for Literature.