January 4, 2012 by markstani
In a busy month for Asian literature, the shortlist announcement for this year’s MAN Asian Literary Prize on January 10 is followed by the prize ceremony for the second annual DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, at the Jaipur Literary Festival on January 21.
The shortlist consists of the following six books (each of which is linked to a review or excerpt):
Bharathipura by U.R. Ananthamurthy (Oxford Univ. Press)
A Street in Srinagaar by Chandrakanta (Zubaan Books)
Monkey-man by Usha K.R. (Penguin India)
Chinaman by Shehan Karunatilaka (Random House India)
The Thing About Thugs by Tabish Khair (Fourth Estate)
The Story That Must Not Be Told by Kavery Nambisan (Viking)
The official press release is here. I haven’t read any yet, and some are currently only available on the sub-continent, but that’s kind of the point: last year’s inaugural winner, Homeboy by H.M. Naqvi, was subsequently acquired and published in the UK and the US. The Prize blurb says the global acquisition of Homeboy realises ‘one of the central visions of the prize, which is to propagate and present South Asian writing to a larger global audience’.
Hopefully, I’ll review and interview the winner later this month.