Longlist an­nounced for the DSC Prize for South Asian Lit­er­a­ture 2018

16 nov­els in­clud­ing 4 trans­lated works in con­tention for the cov­eted prize

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

The much an­tic­i­pated longlist for the US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Lit­er­a­ture 2018 was an­nounced to­day by em­i­nent his­to­rian and aca­demic Ru­drang­shu Mukher­jee, who is the chair of the jury panel for the dis­tin­guished prize. The longlist of 16 nov­els which was un­veiled at the Ox­ford Book­store in New Delhi in­cludes 4 trans­lated works where the orig­i­nal writ­ings were in As­samese, Kan­nada, Tamil and Hindi. The longlist fea­tures six women au­thors and three women trans­la­tors, and two out­stand­ing de­but nov­els that find place along­side the works of sev­eral es­tab­lished writ­ers. The longlist rep­re­sents the best of South Asian fic­tion writ­ing over the last year and in­cludes sub­mis­sions from a di­verse mix of pub­lish­ers and au­thors of dif­fer­ent back­grounds writ­ing on a wide range of is­sues and themes.

The nov­els in­clude stun­ning por­tray­als of mi­gra­tion, war and the pain of dis­place­ment, poignant love sto­ries, the ex­plo­ration of new found re­la­tion­ships and iden­ti­ties, and viv­i­fi­ca­tion of the per­sonal strug­gles, hopes and as­pi­ra­tions that sym­bol­ise the ur­gent and di­vi­sive re­al­i­ties of con­tem­po­rary South Asian life. Apart from au­thors based in South Asia there are writ­ers based out­side the re­gion who have in­ci­sively and evoca­tively brought alive the sub­tle nu­ances of South Asian life and cul­ture. The longlist an­nounce­ment event was at­tended by pub­lish­ers, au­thors and lit­er­ary en­thu­si­asts who wel­comed the se­lec­tion of the longlist.

This year the DSC Prize, ad­min­is­tered by the South Asian Lit­er­a­ture Prize & Events Trust, re­ceived 88 el­i­gi­ble en­tries and the five mem­ber in­ter­na­tional jury panel dili­gently went through these en­tries to ar­rive at this year’s longlist of 16 nov­els which they feel rep­re­sent the best works of fic­tion re­lated to the South Asian re­gion. The longlisted en­tries con­tend­ing for the DSC Prize for South Asian Lit­er­a­ture 2018 are:

● Anu­radha Roy: All The Lives We Never Lived (Ha­chette, In­dia)

● Arund­hati Roy: The Min­istry Of Ut­most Hap­pi­ness (Al­fred Knopf, USA and Hamish Hamil­ton, Canada)

● Chan­drakanta: The Saga Of Sati­sar (Trans­lated by Ran­jana Kaul, Zubaan Books, In­dia)

● Deepak Un­nikr­ish­nan: Tem­po­rary Peo­ple (Pen­guin Books, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, In­dia)

● Jayant Kaikini: No Presents Please (Trans­lated by Te­jaswini Ni­ran­jana, Harper Peren­nial, Harpercollins In­dia)

● Jeet Thayil: The Book Of Choco­late Saints (Aleph Book Com­pany, In­dia and Faber & Faber, UK)

● Kamila Sham­sie: Home Fire (River­head Books, USA and Blooms­bury, UK)

● Manu Joseph: Miss Laila Armed And Dan­ger­ous (Fourth Es­tate, Harpercollins, In­dia)

● Mohsin Hamid: Exit West (River­head Books, USA and Hamish Hamil­ton, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, In­dia)

● Neel Mukher­jee: A State Of Free­dom (Chatto & Win­dus, Vin­tage, USA and Hamish Hamil­ton, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, In­dia) ● Peru­mal Mu­ru­gan: Poonachi (Trans­lated by N Kalyan Ra­man, Con­text, West­land Pub­li­ca­tions, In­dia)

● Prayaag Ak­bar: Leila (Si­mon & Schus­ter, In­dia)

● Rita Chowd­hury: Chi­na­town Days (Trans­lated by Rita Chowd­hury, Macmil­lan, Pan Macmil­lan, In­dia)

● SJ Sindu: Mar­riage Of A Thou­sand Lies (Soho Press, USA)

● Su­jit Saraf: Har­i­lal & Sons (Speak­ing Tiger, In­dia)

● Tabish Khair: Night Of Hap­pi­ness (Pi­cador, Pan Macmil­lan, In­dia)n Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion

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