Four authors of Indian origin whose novels bring alive a spectrum of themes and emotions relevant in contemporary South Asian life were short-listed for the US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018. The shortlist also includes two novels from Pakistani authors.
From the Indian side
1. Jayant Kaikini for No Presents Please Translated by Tejaswini Niranjana
2. Manu Joseph for Miss Laila Armed And Dangerous
3. Neel Mukherjee for A State Of Freedom
4. Sujit Saraf for Harilal & Sons
And here goes the other two...
5. Mohsin Hamid for Exit West
6. Kamila Shamsie for Home Fire
Ironically, several acclaimed writers, including Arundhati Roy, Jeet Thayil, Anuradha Roy and Perumal Murugan, who were earlier longlisted for the prize among the 88 submissions from major English publishing markets in India, the US, UK, Canada and Australia, among others - failed to make the cut.
The shortlist, unveiled by Rudrangshu Mukherjee, Chair of the jury panel, at the London School of Economics & Political Science, includes a translated book where the original writing was in Kannada.
Administered by the South Asian Literature Prize and Events Trust, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has helped to raise the profile of South Asian writing around the world by rewarding authors who write on the region.
Its co-founder Surina Narula asserted that the shortlist represents "the very best of South Asian fiction writing", and "the depth, creativity and unique narrative of each of these novels" is "impressive and inspirational".
The prize received close to a quarter of its submissions from publishers based beyond South Asia which highlighted the growing interest of publishers and authors across the world in South Asian writing.
Initiated in 2011, the prize is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people.
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