Shumona Sinha is a French-Indian writer. At the age of 28 she left her hometown of Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta) and moved to Paris to teach English. By 2009 she worked as a translator for Bengali refugees in the French migration authority, before the heightened public attention on matters relating to refugees. Inspired by the experience her first book "Assommons les pauvres" (“Let's beat up the poor!”) (Points, Paris, 2011) was published, in which she criticises the French asylum system as a whole. In response to the public reception of the book she lost her position at the migration authority. In the same year, the book was honoured with the Prix du Roman Populiste and 2012 awarded the Prix Littéraire Valery Larbaud. 2016, after translation into the German language she received the International Literature Award by the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. She went on to study philosophy at the Sorbonne. In 2017 her novel “Staatenlos” (“Stateless”) (Edition Nautilus, Hamburg) appeared in the German language. Sinha lives in Paris. She tweets as @ShumonaSinha.
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