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Listed to win
Seven Indians have been nominated for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature
Three debut novels and two translated entries, where the original writing has been in Tamil and Malayalam, made it to the longlist for the US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017. Announced by eminent writer and publisher Ritu Menon, who is the chair of the jury panel, the list, comprising 13 novels, was unveiled at the Oxford Bookstore in New Delhi.
It represents a diverse mix of established writers and debut novelists from different backgrounds and geographies and includes seven Indian, three Pakistani, and two Sri Lankan authors besides one India-based American writer.
Apart from authors based in the South Asian region, there were several examples of authors who were based outside and who incisively explored South Asian life and culture from an observer’s perspective. The long list announcement event was attended by publishers, authors and literary enthusiasts who welcomed the selection.
This year the DSC Prize received more than 60 eligible entries and the five-member international jury panel diligently went through them to select 13 novels which they feel represent the best works of fiction related to the South Asian region.
The long-listed entries contending for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017 are: Anjali Joseph: The Living (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, UK; Anosh Irani: The Parcel (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India); Anuk Arudpragasam: The Story of a Brief Marriage (Granta Books, UK); Aravind Adiga: Selection Day (Fourth Estate, HarperCollins, India); Ashok Ferrey: The Ceaseless Chatter of Demons (Penguin Books, Penguin Random House, India); Hirsh Sawhney: South Haven (Akashic Books, USA); Karan Mahajan: The Association of Small Bombs (Chatto & Windus, UK); K.R. Meera: The Poison of Love (Translated by Ministhy S, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India); Omar Shahid Hamid: The Party Worker (Pan Macmillan, India); Perumal Murugan: Pyre (Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan, Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India); Sarvat Hasin: This Wide Night (Hamish Hamilton, Penguin Random House, India); Shahbano Bilgrami: Those Children (HarperCollins, India); Stephen Alter: In the Jungles of the Night (Aleph Book Company, India).
The jury will now deliberate on the long list over the next month and the shortlist of five or six books for the DSC Prize 2017 will be announced on September 27 at the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). Thereafter the jury will meet once again to arrive at the final winner who will be announced at a special award ceremony at the Dhaka Literary Festival on November 18.
Surina Narula, co-founder of the DSC Prize, said, “I would like to thank the jury members for going through all the entries received for the DSC Prize 2017 and commend them for coming up with such an excellent longlist. I feel each of the novels on the longlist is a must-read as they successfully bring out the nuances and challenges of the ever evolving South Asian life.” Theatre artist Oroon Das read from Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri which won the DSC Prize in 2015 and from Sleeping on Jupiter by Anuradha Roy which won the DSC Prize in 2016.
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