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20 Years of the Scotiabank Giller Prize: A Digital Retrospective

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Rohinton Mistry 1995

In the second year of the Giller Prize, Mumbai-born Rohinton Mistry won for his novel A Fine Balance, which follows four characters through a tumultuous decade in Mumbai. Mistry was appreciative of the recognition and the prize money, which as a writer, offered him more time to work "without having to worry about paying the rent."

You can watch Mistry accept the award in the following video footage.

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In this archival audio clip below, Mistry explains the inspiration behind A Fine Balance and the poverty and political unrest depicted in it to CBC Radio's The Arts Tonight. "The worst part of a situation of great poverty is that you become blind to it."

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1995 Shortlist:

Rohinton Mistry - A Fine Balance
Timothy Findley - The Piano Man's Daughter
Barbara Gowdy - Mister Sandman
Leo McKay, Jr. - Like This
Richard B. Wright - The Age of Longing