Chennai-born Mina Kandasamy receives the Hermann Kesten Award

Meena Kandasamy, a Chennai-born anti-caste activist, novelist and poet, has been named the recipient of the Hermann Kesten Prize, which honors her work on the themes of caste oppression, gender and ethnicity. She used every poetry and prose and was shortlisted for several literary awards, such as the Hindu Lit Award and the Girls' Prize for Fiction.

Chatting with Hindus , Ms. Kandasamy expressed her gratitude for guiding the pen as this award comes at a time when the local political weather is marked both nationally and internationally. “I didn't even know I used to think about the award, so it was a really unfamiliar phone name that I got from PEN,” says Ms. Kandasamy.

Regardless of her anti-establishment stance, she notes that this award comes from a place that speaks to the freedom of others, and aligns with her work. In keeping with her, it's a second that breaks the deadlock created by anxiety about speaking out at a time when many are imprisoned for speaking out.

Ms. Kandasamy joins the inventory of notable people, who can be compared to Günter Grass and Harold Pinter, whom the PEN considered free speech advocates. Refer to Mrs. Kandasamy's Poems Guide . Struggle , Vice President of the German PEN Center referred to her as a “courageous fighter for democracy and human rights”, making her “The Lady”. fighter'.

Each of Mrs. Kandasamy's poems has been translated into German. “I have more books in German than in Tamil!” Screamed.

The Hermann Kesten Prize, presented by the German branch of PEN, was awarded its first medal in 1985 at the event of the 85th birthday Their honorary president is Dr. Hermann Kesten. Since then, figures who supported her efforts have awarded persecuted writers. Until 1993, the medal was awarded every two years after which it grew into an annual award. In 2008, it was renamed the Hermann Kesten Prize.

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